Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, magazines,

anthologies and online.

rosalie's swing

Rosalie’s Swing

Rosalie’s swing is

worn and rusted

with paint all peeling,

and both bars busted.

Old and forgotten,

its seats too rotten

to swing in,

swing in,




the swing

live snails

and a slug

and a red-bellied bug

in a home so snug


Rosalie’s swing

all worn and rusted

with paint all peeling

and both legs busted,

old and rotten,

is NOT forgotten,

though better not

swing in

swing in


2 thoughts on “Rosalie’s Swing

  1. There is a great sense of rhythm throughout this poem and it really enforces the quote ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ It shows that even though Rosalie’s swing is no longer used by her, the bugs underneath it use it as a place they value, their home. I felt that this poem was quite meaningful and that it has many layers beneath the surface. It is definitely a poem to reread until it’s true meaning is found. This is one of my favourite poems by far. Good job!

    • Hi Chomilka, so sorry this reply is late. I have been running around doing Christmas things!! I love your comments about Rosalie’s Swing – you have picked the perfect quote to explain what I was trying to convey. Even trash has value and can become a home to small creatures. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I will try to write a couple more soon. Alys 😊😊

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