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The Bridge to Nowhere

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The Bridge to Nowhere

There are so many things I've said and done
And many more I've never....
I should not have crossed that bridge that spans
The raging, angry river
What can be done to cool one's pride?
Ten brittle digits standing in a line
Should we not count....  and bide our time
And wait until we have calmed the mind?
When words build up as raging storms
Unleashing blame, creating pain
When we open up a can of worms
Such a heavy weight can't be erased
Perhaps her deeds were seeds of sadness
If I had seen beyond the cloud
If I had smiled, expressed a kindness
Would the hiss of silence be so loud?

If angry words would leisurely fall
Quietly into submission to the ground
Smoothing the edges, sharp and tall
Until the landing makes no sound
I wish my words had been like pebbles
Lying in a quiet pool
Where flowing waters smooth and cool
Until the pain they caused would make no sound
For if I had waited, taken on another guise
And looked upon who has offended
Bridged the span and been more wise
Crossed the bridge where hurt is mended
Perhaps our friendship would not have ended


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  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:35:00 PM
    Carrie,.. Congratulations, in the MELTDOWN contest... take care-- always~ Linda

  1. Date: 7/10/2013 7:19:00 PM
    A wonderful poem, Carrie. One which I can so easily relate too. Congratulations on your win in Anthony's contest. Love and hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 10:30:00 AM
    The message you've conveyed, we all can relate to. Communication can run too hot these days. Tha is for sharing and congrats on your win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 2:32:00 AM
    i am very pleased to see your BRIDGE in the winners list but dismayed at the standard of judgng which gave you a "dishonorable" mention......clearly you should have been at the top...................anyhow....best wishes as always Carrie

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 5:30:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie, You should have placed higher.... Jake

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 2:49:00 PM
    Coulda, woulda, shoulda. What a write that relates to every reader. A lot of thought provoking statements therein. Good rhyme and very enjoyable reading.

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 4:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Paula Swanson's "You Can Say It Now" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2010 7:39:00 AM
    Congrats Carrie on your magnificent win in Paula's contest with this wonderful entry .. enjoy another special victory today with luv.. my friend..

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 8:56:00 PM
    A very touching and deep write my friend. many congratulations for this win.

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 8:31:00 PM
    THis was excellent, Carrie. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 7:09:00 PM
    Carrie, congratulations on your win in Paula's contest with some great advice on thinking twice before acting in anger.. Love Wilma

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 6:12:00 PM
    Congrats to you.. I would have put this much higher. I love it. BG

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 3:38:00 PM
    So glad to see this outstanding poem in the winners' circle, Carrie. You rock! Congratulations, my friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/19/2010 11:31:00 AM
    Superb write my friend , the judge is going to have a hard time in this contest

  1. Date: 12/18/2010 10:06:00 AM
    I especially like the first four lines of the second stanza...Good luck in the contest..Reads like winning material to me..Your presence at my blog lifted my spirits..So many people with elective surgery try to go ahead and get it done before the new year and the deductible starts over again..Sara

  1. Date: 12/18/2010 5:31:00 AM
    WOW!!!! every once in a while a poem comes along that knocks my socks off! this is one of them! the word eloquent definitly applys here. you have utilised the best tool every to be used by any poet, the holy spirit. so this will become part of my favoriates, and probably be one of your best. and i must say congradulations on your win in the contest. JOHN HENRY LOVING III

  1. Date: 12/17/2010 4:41:00 PM
    wow, Carrie, outstanding entry to this contest and I'll be surprised if it does not place high. What a way to nicely say "keep one's mouth shut" haha. I cannot think of anything profound or worhty of this contest. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/17/2010 2:18:00 PM
    Lots of fine lines here - " Would the hiss of silence be so loud?" I love this line. It says worlds. LOve, Dave

  1. Date: 12/17/2010 9:57:00 AM
    Sounds like an interesting contest. Really enjoyed reading this work, its been awhile since I have actually read you. Enjoy your night.

  1. Date: 12/17/2010 8:55:00 AM
    How often we feel compelled to speak our mind when we are filled with anger, Carrie. This is a brilliant poem to which nearly all of us can relate. Especially liked the irony in the line about the "hiss of silence" being so loud! Awesome entry for the contest and I wish you success. Also, congratulations on your success in the Empty Apartment contest, my friend. You are an incredible writer and it is always rewarding to read your poetry. Love and blessings, Carolyn

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