An empty swing stands waiting #FridayReflections

an empty swing stands waiting

in a children’s park

remembering happy times

image for an empty swing

When sounds of  laughter  mingled with

the shrieks of joy as the

children demanded

“swing me high”

 

It it was one of a pair:

twins in blue that ruled the playground

with children queuing for their turn.

Till one day a chain snapped

brittle with rust, and lack of care

and left a child , a girl of two

unconscious and bleeding too.

 

The shocked faces

screams of despair

wails of ambulances

and then a silence that

filled the playground where

once children did.

 

the swing was brought down

Swiftly,

punished for a crime

not really of its making.

 

That left the second one waiting

expectantly

for the children to swing it up again.

 

But the mothers eyed it

with suspicion and left

it all alone .

 

It stands there

Abandoned and waiting .

 

This was the first thought that came to mind when I saw this black and white photograph of a swing in a park. This poem is loosely based on a true life incident that had a happy end – the girl recovered from her injury but it left us all with a lifelong fear that a harmless and joyful activity can end in tears.

A lesson to be learnt from this is [ctt title=”” tweet=”check out all playground equipment carefully, which despite being in constant use may just have a loose nut or a rusty chain .” coverup=”9XBqk”]

I’m linking up with other bloggers on #Friday Reflections

This may be a bit morbid but it doesn’t reflect my mood. I’m in the middle of capturing the essence of summer with my mango pickles and jams which I will soon be posting after they’re done. For once I’m happy to be in a pickle.

Happy weekend all!

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Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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22 Responses

  1. Lata Sunil says:

    Such a detailed incident in so few words. Well written.

  2. Dashy says:

    That is a nicely woven story. Dilapidated swings and other playthings in parks have often wounded children. Maintainence ought to be better done for the sake of children’s safety.
    Dashy recently posted…Standing outMy Profile

  3. Alana says:

    Well written. I remember, years ago, not letting my son play on a swing set while visiting a cousin in another state – it was so dilapidated. This happens not just in India.
    Alana recently posted…Falling Friday – Did My Falls Prevention Class Work?My Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      That’s heartening to know in a strange way… I always thought rules were more stringent in the US and that public safety always came first.

  4. Truly Happy says:

    You’ve so beautifully described the scene in playground especially the swings. High and high. Even higher, zoom,zoom is what comes to my mind after reading your post. That’s how I used to play on the swing and now my daughter does the same. Scary though what happened but I am glad the little girl is ok

  5. Parijat Shukla says:

    Great post 🙂

  6. Oh I love this one! The picture evoked sadness in me too. I just haven’t gotten around to writing about it. I’ve had two disastrous incidents on swings myself…one where I got entangled and another where the whole set came crashing down.
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted…Reaching outMy Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      It’s strange how this prompt appealed to so many people! I’m looking forward to this week’s prompt

  7. I love how you worked this prompt, Sunita. I’m all caught up in the emotions of sadness and fear.
    Corinne Rodrigues recently posted…Practicing Mindfulness From Dawn Until DuskMy Profile

  8. Parul says:

    Congrats on the pick! You deserved this one. Well done and beautifully penned.
    Parul recently posted…A Chance EncounterMy Profile

  9. I liked this poem! A twist of tragedy, and the whole view point takes a 360 degree spin!
    Just fabulous! 🙂
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  10. Esha Dutta says:

    Beautifully portrayed and so well said Sunita! I could almost visualise what happened from your deft use of words. Your take on the prompt has worked fabulously!!

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