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The Blood Stained Bridge

Into the timeless wood he fled, running from the night
While demons of his past gave chase beneath the pale moonlight
The man dressed in soiled rags, filth of his own making
Had spent a life unto himself, all others there forsaking.

But in the night, as shadows came, though nothing made a sound
A voice there in the dark he heard, though no one was around
Calling out to him by name, “Go… seek the blood stained bridge
Its ageless timber, dogwood made, up on yon high ridge.”

Somehow, he knew the voice he heard while running from the night
Was not from friend or foe without, but came from deep inside
So run he did through elder wood, to find the yon high ridge
The Voice there still was guiding him to reach the fabled bridge.

In agony, all power spent, found he the edge of night
His demons dogged him all the way and pressed him for a fight
The host advanced and pushed him back, back toward yon high ridge
But, when he turned to his dismay, he found no “saving” bridge.

He questioned if the voice he heard and trusted in the night
Was naught but wishful thinking; a last ditch hope-filled lie
In anguish and frustration there, he stood in fear and pain
And cursed his stubborn nature that kept him bound in shame.

Despairing for the life he’d lived, in fear of coming death
He fell there on the shifting sand and cried with his last breath
“I’m sorry for the things I’ve done and regret the life I’ve led”
He turned then to accept his fate, but there appeared the bridge instead.

The shadows all began to fade, his soul started to mend
As he took the first step ‘cross that bridge, the night came to an end
Waiting on the other side, the risen sun in brilliant light
The Voice within him beckoned, “Come,” then freed him from the night.


                                                                 ~Christopher Thor Britt

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 11/3/2016 3:12:00 PM
Splendid poem, Thor. I love that name, I'm saying it again. Great poem, Thor. Nice message to boot. Love always. RW
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Date: 11/19/2013 6:52:00 AM
This Is a very good poem. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 11/18/2013 6:11:00 PM
Christopher, . ;) Congratulation, on your winning fantasy poem... Sending Smiles. *LINDA*
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Date: 11/18/2013 10:23:00 AM
This is so wonderful, Christopher....so .well deserved is your win !
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Date: 11/17/2013 11:59:00 PM
Congratulations on the fine win, Christopher
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Date: 11/17/2013 11:13:00 PM
spine tingling all the way down. christopher.. congrats!..:) huggs
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Date: 11/7/2013 10:50:00 PM
Christopher ,a beautiful winning poem. Enjoyed reading every crossing bridge win. Hugs ~ SKAT ~
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Date: 11/7/2013 8:10:00 AM
Brilliant, my personal favorite hands down! Congratulations.
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Date: 11/7/2013 7:00:00 AM
Congratulations on your win Chris xx
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Date: 11/7/2013 5:02:00 AM
a lovely one, congrats Christopher!
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Date: 11/6/2013 9:22:00 PM
Congrats on the win in the contest of Deb, Christopher
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Date: 11/6/2013 8:17:00 PM
Some how I knew that salvation would come with the SONLIGHT... Magnificent writing... I was blessed by every word ... Regards.... Jake
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Date: 11/6/2013 9:42:00 PM
Yah...you get it, John. I didn't figure the allegory to be too deeply cloaked. Thanks for the note. CTB
Date: 11/6/2013 6:45:00 PM
Christopher, , Congratulations on your Crossing That Bridge win.... always & forever :) LINDA
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Date: 11/6/2013 9:41:00 PM
Thanks Linda. Much love back to you. CTB
Date: 11/6/2013 1:07:00 PM
congrats on your win with this awesome poem Chris
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Date: 11/6/2013 9:41:00 PM
Thanks Joseph. I enjoyed yours as well.
Date: 11/6/2013 12:09:00 PM
Great win Chris, Your brother Roger
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Date: 11/6/2013 9:40:00 PM
Thanks bro! I want to encourage all who see this post, to read Roger's entry in this contest. You'll love it. CTB
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Date: 11/6/2013 9:40:00 PM
Thanks bro! I want to encourage all who see this post, to read Roger's entry in this contest. You'll love it. CTB
Date: 11/6/2013 11:04:00 AM
special cheers on your win, timothy..:) huggs
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Date: 11/6/2013 11:34:00 AM
Thanks. Who's Timothy?
Date: 10/31/2013 1:44:00 AM
Well this is awesome ;}
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Date: 11/6/2013 11:36:00 AM
Thanks, Debbie
Date: 10/30/2013 9:09:00 AM
lovely art. It is exceptionally a gift you have there. This must have taken quite some time to get perfect, cause this is beautiful man, keep up the hard work
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Date: 11/6/2013 11:36:00 AM
Hi Sizwe, Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. With appreciation, CTB
Date: 10/29/2013 1:41:00 PM
ps.....And.... thank you so much for your kind words and comments on my poetry....your words made my day !! :) I do so appreciate your opinion.
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Date: 10/29/2013 1:39:00 PM
This is an amazingly rich with metaphor.....the struggle to find the light, crossing the bridge of the night, into the rays of the sun.....a life and death introspection we can all identify. Wow!
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Date: 11/6/2013 11:37:00 AM
Thanks Carrie. A compliment from a great poet like you is a blessing. CTB
Date: 10/29/2013 8:28:00 AM
This is an epic !! A story of introspection then redemption portrayed so well xx
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Date: 10/28/2013 11:41:00 PM
I absolutely love this poem, and the story you told within it. You are an amazing writer, Christopher! Excellent poem! I am adding this one to my favorites!...Thank you so much for the great comments, once again.
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Date: 10/26/2013 5:49:00 PM
Very engaging and well crafted. I didn't want it to end. Reminded me of one of mine, not so well done: "Then Comes a Day." Mark
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Date: 10/26/2013 2:37:00 PM
Another Masterpiece by the writing Moo. I just loved it. Until next time... Roger
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Date: 10/26/2013 3:44:00 PM
Roger. Thanks for being my biggest fan, bro, as I am yours. I don't think it will be too long before others realize that we are actually brothers...though Linda (Poet Destroyer) already knows.
Date: 10/26/2013 2:20:00 PM
well penned..I enjoyed it much
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Date: 10/26/2013 3:41:00 PM
Thank you, Joseph. Very kind.