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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: A Bridge is
By Lynda Schultz
08/04/08


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A tiny cry
Lustier now
One large finger reaches
Five tiny ones grasp
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is born.

A solid thump
Dignity hurt
Tears fall, wailing starts
Some comfort sought
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is strengthened.

Oh lonely walk
School begun
Strangers at each turn
Seek kindred souls
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is started.

Cross my heart
And hope to die
The pledge is given
Friendship forever sealed
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is cemented.

This sweet love
The first to be
With every intention
Of lasting past forever
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is expanded.

Long black robes
And sweaty palms
Fine speeches made as
Superior becomes equal
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is spanned.

Nine to five
Joyous terror struck
Until new minion is
Equal to old master
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is possible.

A coffee shop
Pumpkin pie
Double sugar, double cream
Eyes meet, hearts unite
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is completed.

Some angry words
Senseless battle
Second thoughts, wisdom prevails
One face turns to another
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is repaired.

Two, then one
Alone again
House empty, heart full
One thing forever sure
Hand reaches out for hand
A bridge is gone.

In stillness now
The bonds released
Peace fully and forever known
A nail-scarred welcome
Hand reaches out for hand.
A bridge is crossed.


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Joanne Sher 08/07/08
This is lovely. The images are so rich and the message so clear. Beautiful.
Holly Westefeld08/08/08
The excellent structure and repetition in this thoughtful free verse sweep the reader through a lifetime in the blink of an eye.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/10/08
A lifetime in a free-verse, clearly and beautifully told.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/14/08
Congratulations on recognition for this lovely little masterpiece.
Patricia Turner08/14/08
Life is a series of bridges from birth to death; how beautifully told here. Congratulations!
Betsy Markman08/14/08
The recurring lines are very powerful, and when the hand is Jesus' hand, it's just wonderful.