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The sign he reads out loud, “There’s holes ahead.” The Rip Van Winkle Bridge quite disturbs me. A story book that’s come to life — with head To lose. My dad inches along bravely. The chickens must brood o’er a dicken’s deuce. We steer to the left and the right, afraid. We stare at the grave pavement claim, the goose Of golden time, the sleepy hollow shade. The radio plays somber tunes, as Cole Never imagined death— the Catskills fresh. Diedrich Knickerbocker, lots of soul, Could tread the troubled water’s edge — refresh. Let’s build our solid homes, not on the sand. You’ve guessed! We flew the coop, hopped on dry land! 5/18/2020 Bridge over troubled waters Poetry Contest Sponsor: John Hamilton Used howmanysyllables.com 1.The Rip Van Winkle Bridge - a cantilever bridge from Hudson, NY to Catskill, NY 2.There was a real sign on the bridge that said, “Holes ahead.” 3.Washington Irving wrote the story of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In the latter, there are people who lose their heads. At one time he wrote by the pen name, Diedrich Knickerbocker when he wrote a satirical book about NY history and politics. 4.Shakespeare used the term “dickens” - deuce being another term for the devil 5.“Chicken Little,” was a children’s tale where the chicken “was afraid,” the sky was falling - it wasn’t! 6. In “Jack and the Beanstalk,” Jack stole the goose that laid golden eggs. 7. Thomas Cole - created the first paintings of the American landscape 8. I grew up with the colorful history of Dutchess County and thereabouts.

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Date: 5/21/2020 2:27:00 PM
Oh Kim, this poem is a masterpiece deserving of First place in my sight! I can tell you put a lot of work into this entry. I loved your cleverness in this special poem! Congratulations! xxoo
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 5/21/2020 4:18:00 PM
Thank you so much...muah! xx
Date: 5/21/2020 12:17:00 AM
This sonnet is beautiful as well as meticulously written using all the notable references that add beauty to it. Congratulations on your win Kim :)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 5/21/2020 4:18:00 PM
Thank you, Aditi!
Date: 5/20/2020 4:01:00 PM
Such a detailed write Kim I had to reward the work you put into it. Congrats on a fine 3rd place!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 5/20/2020 6:51:00 PM
Thank you, John!
Date: 5/18/2020 5:39:00 PM
So much to learn from your footnotes, Kim. Truly a hazard warning, crossing that bridge--but it got to the other side! Don't blame you for moving to dry lands. Quite a story you wrote...All the best, Kim.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 5/18/2020 7:00:00 PM
Thank you! I used to be terrified of driving over a bridge!