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Covered Bridges

2008.06.06
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The Covered Bridge
by Elizabeth K. Fuller

The covered bridge is standing yet
A relic of the past,
'Twas built in"horse and buggy days"
When life was not so fast.

It's seldom now that wagon wheels--
The trotting of a horse
Are heard within the covered bridge,
The changing times, of course

I once would boast that I could tell
What farmer came to town
By just the way his buggy squeaked,
His horse's hoofs went down

But now I see a streak of blue,
Sometimes a streak of gray,
An auto has passed through the bridge,
Is speeding on its way.

The bridge was once a haven
On a rainy summer day
The children in the neighborhood
Would gather there to play.

Sometimes 'twas "kitty corner"
Sometimes 'twas "keeping school,"
A noisy bunch of youngsters
Bent on breaking every rule.

They went climbing up the latticework
And hiding on the beams,
Calling out to folks who passed
And scaring all the teams.

The boys would carve initials,
Unite what names they pleased,
And then look down in laughter
Because the girls were teased

But when excitement always reigned
When circus bills were posted
Roaring lions! Acrobats!
All things the circus boasted.

We studied on those circus bills
Where daring stunts were shown
And after painful practice
Gave a circus of our own

But now when children cross the bridge
They're told to hurry through,
And frightened into knowing
What a speeding car might do.

The covered bridge is standing yet
And through its open portals
The cars go dashing day and night,
What chance have we poor mortals?








28 Comments
jet28 Wonderful set!
jet28 · 2008-06-06: 03:40
ootgoody this one is cool.
ootgoody · 2008-06-06: 03:48
riteshthapa Great post...Reminds me of "Bridges of Madison county" by Robert James Waller....and the Protagonist Robert Kincaid, the photographer who did simiar things.
riteshthapa · 2008-06-06: 03:52
ronin53 stunning reportage!!! there was the time where I loved "Madison County Bridges" since the main carachter was very similar to me bu we (in Italy) do not have covered bridges... :):):)
ronin53 · 2008-06-06: 03:54
Mertxe the place has to be good to share some love. very nice ,y friend
Mertxe · 2008-06-06: 07:16
DancingDolphin Great set, the first is my favorite! It's in incredible shape still!
DancingDolphin · 2008-06-06: 08:31
SheriJ WOW awesome!! Really like the 1st one!!
SheriJ · 2008-06-06: 10:21
tbranscum Oh yeah, great set! Love the covered bridges! The first is my pick!
tbranscum · 2008-06-06: 11:33
vterezia woooow,fantastic,lovely b&w set !!
vterezia · 2008-06-06: 12:50
cariad wow wow...great set....
cariad · 2008-06-06: 14:22
fionarobinson lovley, they look lovely in B+W, i like theway you have explored different angles.
fionarobinson · 2008-06-06: 16:11
munawwirkhan Good angle on number 4 Tom. Great set
munawwirkhan · 2008-06-06: 16:52
Nayah Love the BW effect! absolutely well done!!!
Nayah · 2008-06-06: 17:30
????? I love covered bridges and the last one is my fav.. black and white is awesome :)
????? · 2008-06-06: 19:21
EddieD125 Those are cool pictures and very nice reportage. Suppose some of the planks are missing so one can fish? :)
EddieD125 · 2008-06-06: 20:29
dadlak nice...i thought covered bridges were an eastern phenomenon
dadlak · 2008-06-06: 23:39
vjvian Interesting post....
vjvian · 2008-06-07: 00:33
Nukee Awesome!!! Outstanding shots... 8-)
Nukee · 2008-06-07: 01:29
leocheung Nice post:))
leocheung · 2008-06-07: 03:57
maudlaurens Comme c'est beau Tom ! La 1 est dans mes favoris !
maudlaurens · 2008-06-07: 04:09
rolpa Interesting set. Fave is the last one, great view from inside. (I think we've seen this bridge before.)
rolpa · 2008-06-07: 05:00
fotolapeta super photos. Beetle Juice movie!!!
fotolapeta · 2008-06-07: 17:52
oldbabe Another nice covered bridge.
I guess I will have to get to Madison Co., which is in Iowa where I live, and take some photos of their covered bridges since everyone seems to have heard of them!
oldbabe · 2008-06-07: 19:32
reinaldo Great man...wow...you are the man!!! Congratulation...The Bridges of Madison County???
reinaldo · 2008-06-07: 19:32
wfrnk We don't have these here... :-)
wfrnk · 2008-06-08: 10:41
????? Beautiful set !!!
????? · 2008-06-11: 01:08
japarker Great set - love the perspective in 4
japarker · 2008-06-17: 17:55
lleixa :-)
lleixa · 2008-11-08: 14:09
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