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A Bridge and a Wall

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


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

© 2019 Shannon Henry


Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 13, 2019:

Aw thanks Kari! I'm flattered. Glad you like it.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 13, 2019:

Shannon, I love your style. The words roll off my tongue so easily! This is how I want my poetry to be.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 07, 2019:

Thanks for stopping by for a quick layover here, CrisSp. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have fun wherever you're off to next!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 07, 2019:

Oh yes, bridging gap through memories...the most fondly cherish ones carved for tender keeping.

Nice, enjoyable read.

Love from the sky~

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 03, 2019:

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

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 02, 2019:

I truly enjoyed reading this piece of work.

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

Great read.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 23, 2019:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 23, 2019:

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.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 19, 2019:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 19, 2019:

Wonderfully penned.Like new bridges leading to new lives.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 16, 2019:

Thank you, Shaloo. i appreciate that.

Shaloo Walia from India on September 16, 2019:

Beautifully penned!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 16, 2019:

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

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 16, 2019:

Thanks, Ruby. Good to see you!

SARA from Islamabad on September 16, 2019:

Very thought provoking.

A new bridge, a new life ....

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

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 15, 2019:

Bridge over troubled waters, beautiful!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 15, 2019:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 15, 2019:

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.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 15, 2019:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 15, 2019:

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.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 15, 2019:

Thanks, Lorna! I really appreciate that.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 15, 2019:

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

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 15, 2019:

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.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 15, 2019:

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!

Lorna Lamon on September 15, 2019:

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.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 15, 2019:

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.

Suzie from Carson City on September 14, 2019:

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

A B Williams from Central Florida on September 14, 2019:

"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.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 14, 2019:

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

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 14, 2019:

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.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 14, 2019:

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.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 14, 2019:

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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