Ho Xuan Huong

(1772 - 1822 / Nghệ An Province)

Swinging - Poem by Ho Xuan Huong

Praise whoever raised these poles
for some to swing while others watch.

A boy pumps, then arcs his back.
The shapely girl shoves up her hips.

Four pink trousers flapping hard,
two pairs of legs stretched side by side.

Spring games. Who hasn't known them?
Swingposts removed, the holes lie empty.


Comments about Swinging by Ho Xuan Huong

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/26/2018 1:28:00 PM)

    Spring games! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • (11/26/2018 7:41:00 AM)

    A song of life full of it's ups and down. May be with some spiritual aspect (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2018 3:36:00 AM)

    somehow, i do not very like it bc..maybe i haven't read it properly (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2018 3:35:00 AM)

    mm, i actually didn't really like it (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2018 3:35:00 AM)

    um hello! does anyone know normal girl? (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2018 3:31:00 AM)

    Even if I don't understand it, I like it! Could somebody explain it? It's better than the other poem I read. (Report)Reply

    (11/26/2018 8:24:00 PM)

    Sounds to me it's about hanging people by the neck but that's just me :)

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  • Adrian Flett (11/26/2018 3:06:00 AM)

    The movement of life the passage of time as we all move through it. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/26/2018 1:25:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Ho Xuan Huong..................... (Report)Reply

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  • Gerhardus Keen (6/28/2017 1:22:00 AM)

    Happy and sad all in one poem. Happy whilst they're swinging. But sad because of the empty holes where swings were removed. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010



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