The Bridge

Stalled on the bridge, in between here and there.

I look back to all I have built.

What is still standing and what is no longer in service.

Hoping others will use these spaces, be thoughtful about repairs.

That tall one will need a new roof.

Some may be too weathered to save.

 

Pausing on the bridge, in between here and there.

I look ahead to wide open space.

What could be built and what is needed.

Beauty that can only be created by elements and time.

A center which radiates the harmony of shade trees.

Bare hands joining for strength that I alone do not have.


I remain next to the railing.

water rushing beneath.

 

No longer who I was.

Not yet who I am becoming.

 

© Ali Grimshaw

 

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9 thoughts on “The Bridge

  1. Bare hands joining for strength that I alone do not have.

    Thank you for letting your voice be heard. For saying words that I sometimes cannot find.

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  2. Oh so beautifully you set my mind to envisioning my own journey to get here, where I currently stand, while imagining the future that lies ahead. Your poetry is so genuine. Thank you so very much for sharing, Ali.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to reflect back to me your experience of this poem. It makes me smile to know that it touched you.

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  3. Thank you Erin. There are so many different ways to think of bridges in our lives. I look forward to hearing your version. Love to you, Erin, the beautiful artist of words.

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  4. I love this , Ali! I had a different idea of what it would be about because I too, have been thinking about “the bridge”… a relationship or a job, a child or an addiction, something to fill the space you left behind, to get you through, to get you over, to what you have yet to become. I love you and can’t wait to see you Sunday, my dear poetess. Xo Erin On Feb 5, 2016 5:53 PM, “flashlight batteries” wrote:

    > grimshaw65 posted: “Stalled on the bridge, in between here and there. I > look back to all I have built. What is still standing and what is no longer > in service. Hoping others will use these spaces, be thoughtful about > repairs. That tall one will need a new roof. Some ma” >

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