The Brooklyn Bridge


A fine bracelet
A jewel in the side of the river
Massive, yet delicate
Cables wider than a man is tall
Ferry where there is none
Making both sides one
Before it man is small
Its very existence on this earth is as a crown sits

I tried to walk across
But turned back
The distance was so great it made me shiver
Seeing the river far below beneath the cracks
On giant plates which the others crossed
Not me I did not tarry on that bridge
But turned to the land and dreams of grass covered ridges
More to my size
Though for man the span is the prize
Grander than the skyscrapers that nearby rise.

from ARRIVAL (Casa de Snapdragon, 2010).

2009 Mary Barnet


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