Sundays I slip through
the dozing streets at dawn,
down to the boat house
by the river.
The owner, brisk and abrupt,
not unkind, takes my card.
I, with the skin on my back
warm from the sun, my feet cold
in the slosh of water in the canoe,
watch the jeweled line of drops from
my paddle. The bridge looks closer
than it is; the arches flame in the light.
The piers are smooth with strength,
green under the waterline, the water
purling clean around the base,
and all in red the words,
"Paula, I love you."
Paula, if you're reading this,
I was stroking up the river,
a solitary voyager,
wishing you were there.
2 thoughts on “The Bridge”
Have you ever published these in a book?
I have submitted a collection to several publishers and will send it to several more this spring. Thanks for your interest.