Poetry challenge Bridges: the entries

Last week was a very sad week for many of us and thoughts naturally turned to the passing of things. The theme of the bridge prompted some beautifully reflective poems. Here they are in chronological order, as the postman delivered them.

A beautiful rainbow bridge from Kat Myrman

Eternity’s Bridge | like mercury colliding…


A poem from Bill Engleson on the other side of the world. Get your hankies ready, the last lines certainly got to me.


My eyes skim across the chuck,
sweep over the distant shore,
scan the scrunches of land
reaching above the lingering fog,
longing for the bright, bursting sky

We often rise above these moments,
find structures, systems, passageways
to help move us across this painful gulf,
and, all the while, embrace a lightness
that lifts us just beyond our sorrow.

returns us home,
returns us to the other side.


From Kim in Norfolk. Neat precise rhymes that put me in mind of footsteps. Nice one 🙂

Charles Bridge in Prague – writing in north norfolk


Ken’s poem has a grittiness to it, like an aging industrial landscape

Base Senses | rivrvlogr


A first time entry from Natalia. Welcome! This one contains such a lot—form, alliteration, and a starburst of emotion.

Eternal Entirety’s Longest Bridge | Weaving Gold


A lovely poem from Janice, almost mystical.

The Bridge–Jane Dougherty Poetry Challenge #13 – Ontheland


Two this week from Kerfe, complete with offbeat illustrations




A cinquain to raise the spirits from Carol

Crossings~Cinquain – WritersDream9


Another happy poem from  sunny Manila

Poetry challenge #13: Bridges | ladyeemanila


From the raven—I liked this one a lot.

Poem 20160116 – Caw!


Merril’s poems are what the French could call fleuve (river). They flow so effortlessly taking us exactly where she wants to go.

Books are a Bridge | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings


A first from Andre, gentle and tranquil.



And the last one, a masterly quatern, from Ali Isaac jus before the polls closed.

The Bridge

I know not why I brought you here
O’er a bridge of wishes and sighs
Wise in all youth’s folly, I fear
We’re broken, sundered by life’s lies.

Around the lake, widdershins, thrice
I know not why I brought you here
Tears fall for you in paradise
Sacrifice all to hold you near.

Hissed incantations disappear
Breathless, waiting, I’m frightened, shy
I know not why I brought you here
Dreary, the days beyond goodbye.

Spectral shade, dark entity sly
Formless ghost so cold, so severe
Mere memory will too soon fly.
I know not why I brought you here.

Once again I’m staggered by the quality of your poetry, and proud that my prompt helped your words take shape. Thank you! New prompt tomorrow 🙂

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

17 thoughts on “Poetry challenge Bridges: the entries”

  1. Hey I was just in time! Your poetry challenge is doing so well and really growing. What a lot of entries! Well done, Jane! 😀

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