Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Devorgilla's Bridge













Devorgilla’s Bridge


She was an astronaut in stone,
all her building
was meant to span the gap
between earth and our imagining

and this bridge was the same,
connecting us to the green islands,
pilgrims to their inner place.
Even now the bridge seems

to arch above the pizza shacks
and flats that hunch on either bank.
Here I first saw birds on black water,
here I kissed my first cheeseclothed girl.

Sometimes the bridge was less than solid,
a bridge too far, a dreamed of bridge,
a bridge that held at one end
a drifting fleet of moonlit pubs,

more brilliant than any field of stars.
It was a bridge of history,
Kings, bishops, bodysnatchers,
and a million more melted

on either side like ice or smoke,
a bridge of mystery, indeed:
only a hundred yards to walk,
and the infinity of space between.

5 comments:

Sorlil said...

Man alive, have you taken over the Herald poetry page?!lol
I love the 'drifting fleet of moonlit pubs' - what a great image

Sorlil said...

I love the sonics in your latest Herald piece, really pulls you through the poem.

hope said...

Does the Herald have an online edition? I'd love to read this.

Shug, if you're too modest to provide the link, perhaps sorlil would. :)

Rachel Fox said...

There's a link to Lesley Duncan's poems in the Herald blog on my blog page and Colin Will's and probably lots of others.

hope said...

Thanks!