[POEM] these bridges were built

these bridges were built

they stood in front of the bridge
all steel and concrete
“set it ablaze watch it burn”
hot steel melting and shape shifting
dripping into a new solid

the wooden one you burned
laughed maniacally
as you turned your back
on smoke and flames rising from the beams

maybe that’s not how the story goes
it’s the one I like to tell
some would agree
others would not

this one here (camera angle wide
two people in the middle of the frame,
backs to the photographer)
is being rebuilt
stronger maybe
more resistant
against inclement weather
inclement, expected, predicted

this time
less forgiving of bridge burners
playing experiment with materials
playing god with hearts

that one time you were this
but now you’re that
and now we’re not that but this
or not this and not that either
we’re standing on the bridge
burning, being rebuilt, for another turn
another burn

/ / /

Gina Thompson
30 June 2017
Bellefonte PA

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About Gina Marie Thompson

writer • mom • trail runner • cheese slinger • educator • social justice crusader • seeker of love & beauty• living locally • I CHOOSE LOVE ❤️
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