A Bridge and a Wall

Updated on September 14, 2019
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Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.

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Time cannot stand still

So imagine if you will

There was then and there is now

The bridge between two hearts long since torn down

But just for a second, remember when

Plentiful were the smiles and the grins

When friendship would inspire

Back before the fire

That crumbled the road

Allowing the love to flow


No, we cannot go back there

And we cannot dwell on despair

But roads can be rebuilt

New flowers replace ones that wilt

Even forest fires have a way

Of clearing brush and making way

On the same patch of land

For something new and just as grand

Although it takes time to heal

Before it reaches it’s new ideal


Is it truly necessary

That we be so wary

Surely the chasm cannot be that vast

After enough time has passed

The choice is yours and the choice is mine

To piece by piece take down the dike

So that loving water can once again flow

A new bridge built, new life can begin to grow

Yet here we are, not a bridge or even a truss

Just a wall or two between us


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    © 2019 Shannon Henry

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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        12 days ago from Texas

        Thanks, Brenda. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your kind words.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        12 days ago from Washington Court House

        I truly enjoyed reading this piece of work.

        It is true we cannot go back again, but remembering is okay.

        Great read.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        Thank you, Dora! I haven't seen you in a while. I hope you're doing well.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        A practical suggestion to get rid of the bridge and wall: "piece by piece take down the dike." So many bits of good messages! Beautiful poetry.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        Thanks, Rasma! I'm glad you enjoyed it. New bridges leading to new lives. I like that concept.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        3 weeks ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Wonderfully penned.Like new bridges leading to new lives.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thank you, Shaloo. i appreciate that.

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        Shaloo Walia 

        4 weeks ago from India

        Beautifully penned!

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thank you, Sara. I'm glad you liked it.

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thanks, Ruby. Good to see you!

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        SARA 

        4 weeks ago from Islamabad

        Very thought provoking.

        A new bridge, a new life ....

        It's always great to read out such beautiful poem.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        Bridge over troubled waters, beautiful!

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thank you, Chitrangada. Here's to more bridges, less walls.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Nice and thoughtful poem. When we consider relationships, we should be building more bridges, and less of walls.

        I like the flow and the weaving of the words in your poem.

        Thanks for sharing.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        LOL....What exactly is a poetry pill? Thanks for the compliment, but I don't know. Some of my older ones are on this level, I think.....but then again, I'm partial.....and some of them I can clearly see the difference over the years. I guess it depends on what exactly I'm trying to say.

        As for racism, it's true that it's taught. As a child, I clearly remember being fascinated by other cultures and the things they did differently. Those were people I wanted to know precisely because they were different and interesting. Kids naturally get along with other kids who treat them well and want to fight those who don't treat them well. Race is not much of a factor. Until it's taught. But, yes, they are everywhere yet more concentrated in some areas more than others.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Your poetry has become so much better of late. Are you taking new poetry pills??? lol I saw a comic the other night...talking about racism in Louisiana...he said he was all for a wall...around Louisiana...to keep those people in and away from us. :) Not fair to the thousands of good people in LA, but the point was a good one about the racists in any area.

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thanks, Lorna! I really appreciate that.

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        LMAO!!! John, how very dramatic of you. But then again, aren't tangos supposed to be dramatic?

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Working off nervous energy? I wish. I wrote these some time ago and just never published them. I did, however, have a poem idea form in my mind the other day, but I didn't write it down. Shame on me. I forgot it now. I should know better.

        I'm certainly no poetic expert, but I would say that poems are like songs in that the listener/reader may find different meanings in their interpretation than perhaps the author had in mind when writing. I'd also say that is the beauty of it.

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Hi Angie....If only, yes. It's rare, but it happens sometimes. Yes, I did publish a couple. I was going through my poetry and organizing it. In doing so, I was also looking at my HP article list and found that I had some waiting to be published. For some reason, I hadn't published them when I started working on them. So I hit the publish button. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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        Lorna Lamon 

        4 weeks ago

        I love the optimism expressed within the lines Shannon. It's true you cannot live in the past only hope for a better future. Loved it.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        I have had an attempt once or twice, Paula. I just can't perfect the rose between my teeth bit :) The thorns are rough on the tongue.

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        Paula 

        4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Another poem? 2 in one day? Would Shannon be working off some of that nervous energy? Good for you. It's seems to have moved you to create some lovely poetry. Since being here at HP, with all the wonderful poets we have, I'm happy to say I think I'm getting more skilled at really getting into all sorts of different poetry and actually translating them.

        I felt a lot better when so many poets claimed that each person may find their own special meaning within a poem and it's quite alright. I like that concept! (Jodah honey, tell the truth....do you even know how to TANGO?? LOL) Peace, Paula

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        A B Williams 

        4 weeks ago from Central Florida

        "so that loving water can once again flow."

        If only!!

        Nice flow on this one Shannon.

        I did see that you published a couple, I'll go check out the other.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thank you, Eric, for stopping by to read. Even better that you enjoyed it. :)

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Thanks, John. I found a couple sitting around in my article list from late last year or early this year that hadn't been published so I hit the button tonight. All I had to do was go find pictures for them. I must've stopped in the middle of making them and then forgotten to go back and publish.

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Wonderful. Tearing down a dike and letting a fire go. These are required in my life. Beautifully done, thank you for sharing it with me.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Break down those bridges, rebuild the roads. Yes, forest fires may seen catastrophic but are essential from time to time for new growth to emerge. Everything can be mended but “it takes two to tango.” Good job on this poem, Shannon.

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