Clapper Bridge

Posted: January 10, 2017 in nature poems

at http://dversepoets.com/this-is-us/tonight Lillian is hosting and is talking bridges! Bridges you cross, bridges you make, bridges that are broken ……anyway here’s my effort penned this morning. Join us and check out how other poets are interpreting this brief.

The giant’s pebble is caught
mid-skim, wedged on dry stone
pillars. And underneath

the East Dart river is a reluctant
slip of amber. It drifts away
through gorses that rake the eyes

with spines and yellow. Tight fists
of bracken wait for spring’s looms
to tease them free, weave them

into summer’s patterns. Larks
swallow sky and air, pour
it back in a stream of song

and you stand on
the clapper bridge
that goes nowhere
from nowhere.
A granite staple
pinning this
cycle in its place.

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Clapper bridge at Postbridge on Dartmoor

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Comments
  1. lillian says:

    Thanks for joining in! Especially like your description of the bracken and the shifting into seasons. Well done….interesting photo too! Does indeed look like a giant’s pebbles made this! 🙂

  2. I had to google for clapper bridge… how interesting these old structures, and how well they must have lasted. Love the linebreaks in this poem

  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Excellent piece, Paul–deeply touching & sardonic. I had never heard the term “clapper bridge” either; worry of borrowing at a later date. I like the lines /Larks/swallow sky and air, pour/it back in a stream of song/; sweet.

  4. Grace says:

    Your poem blows me away Paul ~ Love the second and third stanza, and the clapper bridge ~

    Thanks for joining us ~

  5. maria says:

    “A granite staple
    pinning this
    cycle in its place.”

    ~it’s amazing how some structures remain amid shifting seasons. Thanks, I learned a thing or two about clapper bridges. 🙂

  6. whimsygizmo says:

    Such gorgeous description in this. I LOVE:
    “the East Dart river is a reluctant
    slip of amber.”

  7. sanaarizvi says:

    Love this!!❤️Especially the image of ” Larks swallow sky and air, pour it back in a stream of song” is just gorgeous!!❤️

  8. Stone Faced
    Bridges
    Support
    FLow
    oF water BeLow..:)

  9. frankhubeny says:

    I liked this phrase: “the clapper bridge
    that goes nowhere
    from nowhere.”

  10. rosemawrites says:

    “and you stand on
    the clapper bridge
    that goes nowhere
    from nowhere.”

    Wow. Wow,

  11. lynn__ says:

    My senses soaked in the scene painted by your verse…appreciated the photo too!

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