Bridge of sorrows

Open link night at dverse. A trio of tanka.




over the stream

a bridge—beneath water runs

a stream bright

with spangled hopes and fish leaps

a bridge across sorrows


sorrows bridge night

and day you and me the past

and what is to come

streams of forgotten future

unknown past—bright water flows


beneath the bridge

a stream kingfisher darting

hopes leap silver fish

where sorrows flow wingless

yet we are all kingfishers


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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.

47 thoughts on “Bridge of sorrows”

  1. I LOVE the illustrations and most especially how these all wend their way together. This line is divine:
    “where sorrows flow wingless”

  2. This is incredibly deep and philosophical, Jane ❤️ I especially love; “a stream kingfisher darting hopes leap silver fish where sorrows flow wingless.” 🙂

    1. I’ve never met a humming bird, but kingfishers are bigger. They dart, plunge, skim after fish and tadpoles. They don’t hover, but they flash!
      Maybe somebody else saw the bridge prompt on twitter.

  3. All kingfishers indeed… Like your structure too – a literary triptych! That brings your subject alive…

  4. I’m captured by the phrase “a bridge across sorrows”. It will linger with me. Beatiful kingfisher, beautiful write.

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