Bridge [15 words or less]

 

Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Photo: Laura Salas

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15WOLs

Hi, everyone–sorry if you got an incorrect email of this post yesterday (and it was probably still last week’s post, anyway). I’m switching over servers, and it’s a big honking mess! Anyway. Here’s a pic from our trip to Las Vegas in 2012. It’s the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam, and here are 3 things this photo makes me think of:

1) Popsicle sticks
2) Mississippi River, and how it starts out as a tiny trickle you can walk across on stones
3) In war, one of the common strategies is to destroy bridges

And here’s my first draft:

Things To Do If You’re a Bridge

Rreeeeaacccccchhhhhhhhhh your steel hand
Let gulls nest in your hair
Be strong
Be a poem

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun? and stick to? 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?

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162 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting a bridge. I am working with an enrichment project for 6th grade gifted students and we are working on the theme of bridges. It is always my job to lead the writing prompt. So I think this month I’ll use this one if you don’t mind.

    My OLW for 2014 is open, so my poem is more like a quote for my word.

    The Bridge

    Once you build a bridge,
    the way across is open to you.
    Cross it.

    1. Life is a series of crossing and intersections. Margaret, I like the admonition to “just do it.”

    2. I’d be happy for you to use it, Margaret. The pic posted kind of small here. If you need a bigger version of it, I probably have one. I love your poem. I like the way you open with the simple topic. Then you kind of define it. And finally, you say TAKE ACTION! Yes. Lovely wording in those first two lines.

  2. Thanks for posting a bridge. I am working with an enrichment project for 6th grade gifted students and we are working on the theme of bridges. It is always my job to lead the writing prompt. So I think this month I’ll use this one if you don’t mind.

    My OLW for 2014 is open, so my poem is more like a quote for my word.

    The Bridge

    Once you build a bridge,
    the way across is open to you.
    Cross it.

    1. Life is a series of crossing and intersections. Margaret, I like the admonition to “just do it.”

    2. I’d be happy for you to use it, Margaret. The pic posted kind of small here. If you need a bigger version of it, I probably have one. I love your poem. I like the way you open with the simple topic. Then you kind of define it. And finally, you say TAKE ACTION! Yes. Lovely wording in those first two lines.

  3. Bridges

    Here I stand
    Mighty and grand
    hand in hand
    Land to land
    Here I stand

    Awesome picture!

    1. Hi Amelia, I love this cheerful, sturdy poem. Like a bridge, it seems simple, but it does a lot of work!

  4. Bridges

    Here I stand
    Mighty and grand
    hand in hand
    Land to land
    Here I stand

    Awesome picture!

    1. Hi Amelia, I love this cheerful, sturdy poem. Like a bridge, it seems simple, but it does a lot of work!

  5. Newsworthy Discord

    Democrat
    Republican
    Black
    White
    What sturdy steel
    can securely bridge
    the cold chasms
    of distrust?

    1. Ooh, I like that you used bridge as a verb, and, sadly, I’m not sure there is a steel strong enough. Love those final two lines.

  6. Newsworthy Discord

    Democrat
    Republican
    Black
    White
    What sturdy steel
    can securely bridge
    the cold chasms
    of distrust?

    1. Ooh, I like that you used bridge as a verb, and, sadly, I’m not sure there is a steel strong enough. Love those final two lines.

  7. Rock and Steel

    Different,
    but when joined
    links all mankind,
    dipping diversity
    into the void
    of ages.

    Laura, I have seen this exact picture, thanks to family who have visited the site. Also, your third
    thought when looking at this, war/destruction, was poignant — blowing up bridges was my brother’s job in Viet Nam. I, too, decided to opt for the more positive.

    1. Martha–Ooooh. Definitely one of my favorites of today (I’m reading backward). What a really beautiful analogy, and I love the void / of ages. I wrote two different assessment passages dealing with war today, one a sonnet and one a nonfiction piece. And then my husband was telling me about a Pear Harbor book he’s reading. I’m all war‑n out–war always brings misery… I have military family members I’m very proud of, and I know it is sometimes unavoidable, but war wastes so many lives. I enjoyed your positive take on the bridge (especially a bridge dedicated to a war hero).

      1. Thank you Laura. I just read the latest posts. I am honored that you, along with others, enjoyed my 15 WOL. Sometimes a little says a lot. My brother’s birthday was Jan. 3rd and he has been on my mind a lot.

        1. I’m sorry for your loss, Martha…We pour all the people we’ve loved into every poem…Hugs

  8. Rock and Steel

    Different,
    but when joined
    links all mankind,
    dipping diversity
    into the void
    of ages.

    Laura, I have seen this exact picture, thanks to family who have visited the site. Also, your third
    thought when looking at this, war/destruction, was poignant — blowing up bridges was my brother’s job in Viet Nam. I, too, decided to opt for the more positive.

    1. Martha–Ooooh. Definitely one of my favorites of today (I’m reading backward). What a really beautiful analogy, and I love the void / of ages. I wrote two different assessment passages dealing with war today, one a sonnet and one a nonfiction piece. And then my husband was telling me about a Pear Harbor book he’s reading. I’m all war‑n out–war always brings misery… I have military family members I’m very proud of, and I know it is sometimes unavoidable, but war wastes so many lives. I enjoyed your positive take on the bridge (especially a bridge dedicated to a war hero).

      1. Thank you Laura. I just read the latest posts. I am honored that you, along with others, enjoyed my 15 WOL. Sometimes a little says a lot. My brother’s birthday was Jan. 3rd and he has been on my mind a lot.

        1. I’m sorry for your loss, Martha…We pour all the people we’ve loved into every poem…Hugs

    1. Pat, yes! I always think hang-gliding or para-sailing looks fun. But I’m not sure I’d have the guts to do it. I’m not afraid of the gliding/sailing part–just afraid of dropping out of the sky!

    1. Pat, yes! I always think hang-gliding or para-sailing looks fun. But I’m not sure I’d have the guts to do it. I’m not afraid of the gliding/sailing part–just afraid of dropping out of the sky!

  9. Love your first 2 lines Laura! Here’s mine.

    PEACE

    My hand is here,
    Stretched across the chasm.
    All you need do
    is take it.

    Andria W. Rosenbaum/ all rights reserved

    1. Thanks, Andria. I love the earnest voice here. It is like a poem to a loved one for a difficult time…I especially like that the hand is “here,” not there, not with you, whatever. But here, stretched across the chasm. So the speaker has crossed over to go right TO the other person. Not even asking him/her to meet halfway. It’s a very generous thought.

  10. Love your first 2 lines Laura! Here’s mine.

    PEACE

    My hand is here,
    Stretched across the chasm.
    All you need do
    is take it.

    Andria W. Rosenbaum/ all rights reserved

    1. Thanks, Andria. I love the earnest voice here. It is like a poem to a loved one for a difficult time…I especially like that the hand is “here,” not there, not with you, whatever. But here, stretched across the chasm. So the speaker has crossed over to go right TO the other person. Not even asking him/her to meet halfway. It’s a very generous thought.

  11. TRAP OF INDECISION

    Over here- routine.
    Over there- unseen.
    To cross or not,
    that’s where I’m caught.

  12. TRAP OF INDECISION

    Over here- routine.
    Over there- unseen.
    To cross or not,
    that’s where I’m caught.

  13. I like the stretch of ‘reach’, Laura-soaring!

    Wishing bridge building
    between ideas
    could be as beautiful
    as capturing a chasm
    with steel!
    Linda Baie ?All Rights Reserved

    1. Thanks, Linda. Love this–it makes me think of my brain. Lots of ridges, but sometimes the synapses aren’t firing like I want them to–like ideas or facts with no bridge between them. Capturing a chasm–great phrase!

  14. I like the stretch of ‘reach’, Laura-soaring!

    Wishing bridge building
    between ideas
    could be as beautiful
    as capturing a chasm
    with steel!
    Linda Baie ?All Rights Reserved

    1. Thanks, Linda. Love this–it makes me think of my brain. Lots of ridges, but sometimes the synapses aren’t firing like I want them to–like ideas or facts with no bridge between them. Capturing a chasm–great phrase!

  15. Achaearanea tepidariorum

    From its
    abdomen
    girders of silk
    proteins spin
    to sully the
    corners of
    human
    pride.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

      1. Yes, the Latin is the name for the common house spider, and even the cleanest homes have little creatures that clean up the even smaller creatures that hang around!

    1. Oooooh, girders of silk! I tried to use girders and gird in a different rhyming bridge poem I was working on, but couldn’t make it work in 15. It’s rare I try two different take. I also *love* the word sully here.

  16. Achaearanea tepidariorum

    From its
    abdomen
    girders of silk
    proteins spin
    to sully the
    corners of
    human
    pride.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

      1. Yes, the Latin is the name for the common house spider, and even the cleanest homes have little creatures that clean up the even smaller creatures that hang around!

    1. Oooooh, girders of silk! I tried to use girders and gird in a different rhyming bridge poem I was working on, but couldn’t make it work in 15. It’s rare I try two different take. I also *love* the word sully here.

    1. Great image. New Year is a fresh start…but it’s still connected inevitably to the year that was before (both for good and not so good). Thanks for this one, Cynthia. I think I’ll be pondering this idea/image for a while.

    1. Great image. New Year is a fresh start…but it’s still connected inevitably to the year that was before (both for good and not so good). Thanks for this one, Cynthia. I think I’ll be pondering this idea/image for a while.

  17. super spider craft
    suspended cables like a
    steel web
    erected architecture
    woven
    by an artist.

    I unknowingly made the connection of a spider to the bridge too!

    1. I really like that woven architecture, Ann, and the alliteration in the first 4 lines. Nice!

  18. super spider craft
    suspended cables like a
    steel web
    erected architecture
    woven
    by an artist.

    I unknowingly made the connection of a spider to the bridge too!

    1. I really like that woven architecture, Ann, and the alliteration in the first 4 lines. Nice!

  19. They drift apart:
    two cliffs separated
    by a widening rift–
    no steel bridges their
    abyss.

    I tried to end this with a little hope, as in: searching for steel to bridge the abyss. But hope apparently takes more than 15 words. Sorry to spread gloom today!

    1. I like what you said about hope and 16 words, Buffy, but also loved that you said nothing would stop the rift. Sometimes that’s all that can be said.

    2. Heheheh–It’s like a fortune cookie fortune: Hope takes more than 15 words. I actually like it with the gloomy ending. Nice scene-setting. Don’t forget that you can always use a title, and the words don’t count. FREE words!

  20. They drift apart:
    two cliffs separated
    by a widening rift–
    no steel bridges their
    abyss.

    I tried to end this with a little hope, as in: searching for steel to bridge the abyss. But hope apparently takes more than 15 words. Sorry to spread gloom today!

    1. I like what you said about hope and 16 words, Buffy, but also loved that you said nothing would stop the rift. Sometimes that’s all that can be said.

    2. Heheheh–It’s like a fortune cookie fortune: Hope takes more than 15 words. I actually like it with the gloomy ending. Nice scene-setting. Don’t forget that you can always use a title, and the words don’t count. FREE words!

  21. Love yours, Laura. I have my in-laws visiting so this is a great prompt.

    Span wide expanse
    swing out your arms
    concrete hug

    1. Thanks, Catherine. I enjoyed the ambiguity of this one. Hug and swinging out of arms sounds so positive, but the concrete I wasn’t so sure about:>)

  22. Love yours, Laura. I have my in-laws visiting so this is a great prompt.

    Span wide expanse
    swing out your arms
    concrete hug

    1. Thanks, Catherine. I enjoyed the ambiguity of this one. Hug and swinging out of arms sounds so positive, but the concrete I wasn’t so sure about:>)

    1. Your poem is just as delicate as the bridge sounds. Lovely. And beautiful invitational ending.

    1. Your poem is just as delicate as the bridge sounds. Lovely. And beautiful invitational ending.

  23. A bridge can separate
    True life from reality
    Once crossed
    A new life can begin

    - Anne McKenna

    1. So true. The bridge/life analogy played a big role in a story structure conference I attended recently.

  24. A bridge can separate
    True life from reality
    Once crossed
    A new life can begin

    - Anne McKenna

    1. So true. The bridge/life analogy played a big role in a story structure conference I attended recently.

  25. If I had more time ( and words!) I could probably come up with something better, but here’s my offering:

    THE BRIDGE

    We may be
    no closer
    than before, but our days
    spent apart
    are now distant.

    - ? 2014, Matt Forrest Esenwine

    1. Ha–this is so clever! I love poems that are about one thing but you can apply them to lots of situations…

  26. If I had more time ( and words!) I could probably come up with something better, but here’s my offering:

    THE BRIDGE

    We may be
    no closer
    than before, but our days
    spent apart
    are now distant.

    - ? 2014, Matt Forrest Esenwine

    1. Ha–this is so clever! I love poems that are about one thing but you can apply them to lots of situations…

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