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Over The Bridge

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Over The Bridge

It is here I am safe
It is here that I know
but over the bridge 
Is where I must go

The bridge that gives passage
over quick muddy water
though why I say that
I don't know why I bother

over the bridge 
is a tall oak tree
and standing beneath it
is someone waving at me

crossing the bridge 
I see a man standing there
with paint splatered pants
and a head of white hair

looking closer I see 
exactly who's there
I see it's my papa
and I can't help but stare

I run right toward him 
and give him a hug
I ask how he got here
his response is a shrug

it's then I remember 
the fact that he'd died
it's then I remember
the tears that i'd cried

I ask how it felt
when he had died
he then looks at me 
and he promptly replied

he calmed all my fears
about what lies boyond
then he looks up 
because the suns almost gone

he says I must go
before the sun sets
but I don't want to leave
I'm not quite ready yet

he gives me a hug 
before I go
then tells me I can't share
the things I now know

I give a quick nod 
looking up at the sky
I don't understand
but I don't have time to ask why

turning around 
I try not to cry
I just cross the bridge 
when the sun leaves the sky

I turn back to look
one last time at the tree
but my papa is gone
as was meant to be


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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 10:54:00 PM
    Anne, ,a beautiful winning poem. Enjoyed reading every crossing bridge win. Hugs ~ SKAT ~

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 8:50:00 AM
    You are a good story teller. Congratulations.

    Hessler Avatar Anne Hessler
    Date: 11/7/2013 9:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much I enjoy telling stories
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 5:13:00 AM
    sad but lovely poem, congrats on your placement.

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 4:42:00 AM
    Touching and warm is the feeling I get when reading this beautiful creative poem... Congratulations... Jake

    Hessler Avatar Anne Hessler
    Date: 11/7/2013 9:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ya that's how I felt when I wrote it Papa meant allot to me
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 9:34:00 PM
    Congrats on the win in the contest of Deb, Anne

    Hessler Avatar Anne Hessler
    Date: 11/7/2013 9:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. I honestly don't know what else to say
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 6:51:00 PM
    Hi ANNE, Congratulations on your Crossing That Bridge win.... always & forever :) LINDA

    Hessler Avatar Anne Hessler
    Date: 11/7/2013 9:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks very much Linda
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 12:06:00 PM
    sorry to those who read the first version of the poem the computer i was writing on erased it before i could save it and then i couldn't remember exactly what i had written. stiil not there but this is close enough