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The Swing
That swing,
hanging from that tree,
by that lake…
That beautiful shiny lake,
way back then,
when we were free,
swinging up and flying,
starting off slow,
giggling to ourselves,
after the push,
with gathering speed,
high, the wind in our hair,
laughing loudly,
taking to the sky,
lost in the clouds,
the trees,
the leaves,
the wind,
and your laughter.
When it was your turn,
I’d watch you do the same,
I’d push you just as high – no, higher…

That was then, way back then…
Now I watch the empty swing,
cold and dark in that unforgivable zone,
squeaking in the chilly wind.
A single word echoes in my head,
the heart is no longer light,
too heavy to fly,
to be free,
lost over the years,
lost the innocence,
lost the happiness…
Oh, what have we become?
I think I’ve drowned – or was that you?
Who is the one that died?
by Palice

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 40mm
1/200 sec; f/10; ISO 100
Single RAW image


swing, sad, alone, forsaken, tree, childhood, grown up, neglect, maree cardinale

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Thanks for stopping by.
Maree xx

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  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you POPs xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 2 years ago

    Superb silhouette image, fantastic lighting

  • Thank you xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 2 years ago


  • Thanks darling girl. xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Revenant
    Revenantabout 2 years ago

    and an interest text to boot…

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  • Thanks vey much Stefan. I found the poem through googling and let the author know I borrowed her work to use with my photo. She was pleased, I was pleased… so altogether, very pleasing outcome :)))

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Leah Kennedy
    Leah Kennedyabout 2 years ago

    This is fantastic! Has a haunting feel…great shot :)

  • Thanks so much Leah. :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Works very well in mono Maree.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Thanks Derek xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...about 2 years ago

  • Thanks Cynthia xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work… Congratulations Black & White Photo Of The Week!
    The Editors Weekly Choice July 30th – August 5th 2012
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

  • Wow, that’s great, thanks so much Evita xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 2 years ago

    Wonderful image and write Maree!

  • Thanks Roy, the poem is wonderful and fits it just right. Thank you xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congratulations!

  • Thanks so much Lucinda xxx

    – Maree Cardinale

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