Covered Bridges

by Tom June. 06, 2008 3908 views

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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Laura 8 years, 6 months ago

:-)

8 years, 6 months ago Edited
Japarker 8 years, 11 months ago

Great set - love the perspective in 4

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Walter 8 years, 11 months ago

We don't have these here... :-)

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Reinaldo 8 years, 11 months ago

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

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Oldbabe 8 years, 11 months ago

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!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Fotolapeta 8 years, 11 months ago

super photos. [i]Beetle Juice[/i] movie!!!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Peter 8 years, 11 months ago

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

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Maud - Normandie - France 8 years, 11 months ago

Comme c'est beau Tom ! La 1 est dans mes favoris !

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Leocheung 8 years, 11 months ago

Nice post:))

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Oscar 8 years, 11 months ago

Awesome!!! Outstanding shots... 8-)

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Vivian J. 8 years, 11 months ago

Interesting post....

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Dadlak 8 years, 11 months ago

nice...i thought covered bridges were an eastern phenomenon

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Eddied125 8 years, 11 months ago

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

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Nayah 8 years, 11 months ago

Love the BW effect! absolutely well done!!!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Munawwir Khan Yusoff Khan 8 years, 11 months ago

Good angle on number 4 Tom. Great set

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Fionarobinson 8 years, 11 months ago

lovley, they look lovely in B+W, i like theway you have explored different angles.

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Kate 8 years, 11 months ago

wow wow...great set....

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Vterezia 8 years, 11 months ago

woooow,fantastic,lovely b&w set !!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tonya 8 years, 11 months ago

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

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sherij 8 years, 11 months ago

WOW awesome!! Really like the 1st one!!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jacki 8 years, 11 months ago

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

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Mertxe 8 years, 11 months ago

the place has to be good to share some love. very nice ,y friend

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marco Stefano Vitiello 8 years, 11 months ago

[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]

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ritesh Thapa 8 years, 11 months ago

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

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
P. Amir 8 years, 11 months ago

this one is cool.

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jet28 8 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful set!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
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