Preserving Connections

For The Sunday Whirl poetry prompt: Wordle #157

bones, twice, stolen, water, rocking, open, mess,
aches, bridge, sink, sway, limb, sharp

3-6-2014 varietya

Preserving Connections

Twice stolen by opposing forces
somewhere in long ago past,
the bridge still stands. Under girded
by mess of sharp boulders, has been
known to sway a bit in really high
winds, releasing soft low groans
like the old timer it is, complaining
of aches in brittle bones, or poorly
knit limbs.

Rapidly running water that bisects
two sides of town, seems on occasion
to rise up in open threat to rock trembling
trestle from its foundation. Trying
to sink it forever into cold depths
of oblivion. In silent accord all town
residents rush to fill sandbags, and with
grit and determination hold together
this single bridge that connects them,
keeps them from becoming
opposing forces.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/20/14


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12 Responses to Preserving Connections

  1. Jae Rose says:

    Is that bridge a metaphor I wonder..old..still standing..aching from what as gone over her..moved past..she should be preserved..all bridges needed to be keep the good things flowing..and the bad things out..Happy Easter to you Elizabeth


  2. oldegg says:

    How often a bridge is that barrier as well as a link for those on the other side. My guess is that the more well to do would not be rushing to fill sandbags! What a great picture you painted.


  3. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    A bridge that doesn’t sway is likely to snap—which, of course, is the same with us.

    Nine Fishing Tales


  4. Andy Sewina says:

    I like the idea of the bridge preserving connections, like a bridge over troubled waters, perhaps.


  5. This is lovely, Elizabeth. Water’s force threatens those connections, on its way to the low spots. Interesting what water does with power, without even knowing.


  6. CC Champagne says:

    This very much made me think of London… Loved the imagery and the story it made me play out in my head.


  7. There’s something about bridges swaying in the wind that I always find unsettling.


  8. I like the idea of the townspeople coming together to preserve the connecting link.


  9. A terrific wordle with all sorts of side shoots of thoughts to explore.


  10. Pamela says:

    Nice use of metaphor here, Elizabeth. Bridges do keep us connected. Happy belated Easter to you. I hope you had a wonderful day.

    Pamela ox


  11. This is a good reminder to work together to stay connected.


  12. kaykuala says:

    this single bridge that connects them,
    keeps them from becoming
    opposing forces.

    Comes a time when good sense prevails. Peaceful co-existence is of utmost importance! Nicely Elizabeth!



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