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Moments on a bridge

Frank E Gibbard

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Frank E Gibbard

I stood on a bridge over a railway


It seemed but moments I so stood


In the same spot overlooking this.


Before, before, long years ago had


As a boy craned to catch excitedly


The throbbing great machine pass,


Jumping to see over the wall, just.


Today I leaned on the very parapet


Waiting for a bus, and saw a train.

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Hello Frank,



The seemingly innocuous act of standing on a railway bridge takes on a darker and tragic aspect towards the close of the poem. I love how you suggest this instead of telling - the poem is all the more powerful in the way it resonates with the reader.




Even a single enemy is too many and a thousand friends too few - Bhutanese saying.

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This poem moves me in the same way that Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" impassions me. It harnesses a moment and makes it eternal. The poem is perfect -- not too long, not too short, just right.



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