Covered Bridges

by Thomas Thompson June. 06, 2008 4048 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 12 years, 7 months ago


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Japarker 12 years, 12 months ago

Great set - love the perspective in 4

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Walter 13 years ago

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

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Reinaldo 13 years ago

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

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Oldbabe 13 years 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!

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Fotolapeta 13 years ago

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

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Peter 13 years ago

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

13 years ago Edited

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

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Leocheung 13 years ago

Nice post:))

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Oscar 13 years ago

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

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Vivian J. 13 years ago

Interesting post....

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Dadlak 13 years ago

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

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Eddied125 13 years ago

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

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Nayah Nayah 13 years ago

Love the BW effect! absolutely well done!!!

13 years ago Edited

Good angle on number 4 Tom. Great set

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Fionarobinson 13 years ago

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

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Kate 13 years ago

wow wow...great set....

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Vterezia 13 years ago

woooow,fantastic,lovely b&w set !!

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Tonya 13 years ago

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

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Sherij 13 years ago

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

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Jacki 13 years ago

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

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Mertxe 13 years ago

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

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Marco Stefano Vitiello 13 years 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]

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Ritesh Thapa 13 years 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.

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P. Amir 13 years ago

this one is cool.

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Jet28 13 years ago

Wonderful set!

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