Anne Whitehouse is the author of the poetry collections Blessings and Curses and The Surveyor’s Hand. Her novel Fall Love can be downloaded as a free ebook from Feedbooks
or Smashwords. Her chapbook, Bear in Mind, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. First chapters from her novel Rosalind’s Ring and her new novel-in-progress can be read at The Santa Fe Writers Project, where they are finalists. Her daughter Claire, about whom this poem was written, is now 17 years old and still loves to swing; she has selected a photo of herself in a swing for her senior yearbook picture.