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Covered Bridges

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?

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    • # Reinaldo

      Great man...wow...you are the man!!! Congratulation...The Bridges of Madison County???

      2008.06.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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!

      2008.06.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Peter

      Interesting set. Fave is the last one, great view from inside. (I think we've seen this bridge before.)

      2008.06.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Eddied125

      Those are cool pictures and very nice reportage. Suppose some of the planks are missing so one can fish? :)

      2008.06.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tonya

      Oh yeah, great set! Love the covered bridges! The first is my pick!

      2008.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      Great set, the first is my favorite! It's in incredible shape still!

      2008.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marco Stefano Vitiello

      [b]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... :):):)[/b]

      2008.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ritesh Thapa

      Great post...Reminds me of "Bridges of Madison county" by Robert James Waller....and the Protagonist Robert Kincaid, the photographer who did simiar things.

      2008.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

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