Bridge Out [Free Verse]

When I was a child,
      for a time,
 the bridge was out.

They were replacing the rusty
      iron trestle bridge
 with a thick-slab concrete 

I could go down to the river,
      and I could see the 
       scarred and marred
         construction site,
  & the big yellow machines
       that sat dormant on the weekends.

But one couldn't cross the river --
      not unless one was willing to get wet, 
       and was a better swimmer than I 
        (and it was autumn & the water cold.) 

It was a strong current that swept 
       along between two steep banks. 

It was not a great distance,
       nor were they violent waters.

But that brown water moved with 
       such smooth swiftness.

I dream about the time the bridge was out,
       now & again,
        and wonder what it was
         about those weeks
          that still has meaning to my mind. 

DAILY PHOTO: UFO Bridge, Bratislava

No Hanuman Span [Common Meter]

I stand before the water's edge.
Thwarted, I throw a stone.
For I am here and you are there,
and I feel all alone.

I have no friendly Hanuman
to form a viaduct.
I gather scraps together to
see what I can construct.

Maybe I'll make a raft, or some
rickety, old footbridge -
Anything to reduce the gulf
so much as a hopeful smidge.

DAILY PHOTO: Victoria Falls Bridge in the Light of the Rising Sun

Taken in May of 2017 at Victoria Falls

DAILY PHOTO: Dragon Bridge

Taken on December 24, 2015 in Da Nang

Taken on December 24, 2015 in Da Nang

The Dragon Bridge (Cầu Rồng) straddles the Hàn River in central Vietnam. It was designed by a US firm, Ammann & Whitney, and it opened to traffic in 2013.