Walls And Bridges

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~The Wall  (posted by Sumana)

How do you react when you encounter a wall? Are you happy or do you feel left out? Does it look like an obstacle, a barrier or is it more like a symbol of safety and strength?

The wall has been a part of human civilization, either to keep things within or to wall out unwanted elements.

You are to write about The Wall; visible, invisible; real or imaginary; and even historic walls like the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall will do.

It might also be about your garden fence if you have one.

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”— Isaac Newton

In restaurants I sit against a wall.
I need something solid behind me.
Cannot free float, center of room,
chair not sufficient support.
I need to note where
exit and bathroom
are located.
I could not
eat on
lights glow
in evening.
Marvel at steel
design and structure.
Bridges are works of art,
pleasurable to look at,
while a wall is thick and obscure.
A bridge and a wall seem opposite.
Each has a purpose in my life of needs.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Walls And Bridges

  1. I like the need for both bridges and walls…..each serves as a purpose, one for security, the other to allow our dreams to fly.


  2. susanstoo says:

    Very cool, Sara. I just had a meeting where three in attendance had to sit against the wall opposite the door. Not something that can happen on a bridge. Love your comparison and double need.


  3. Sumana Roy says:

    I love the contrasting images of a wall & a bridge that are both needed by us. A good one Sara.


  4. Very nice exposition of the necessary contrasts.


  5. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    I love the hourglass layout of your poem!


  6. We do indeed need that wall to support us; I tend to recline against the walled side at a cafe or a restaurant too. I love how you created the parallel with the bridge, creating this personal verse based on one’s needs.


  7. annell4 says:

    Walls retain, bridges offer escape. Still something so sad about walls. Humans are weak and have no fur, we need all the protection we can get. Sometimes the bridge offers fear, what if it doesn’t support us? And yet we follow the road, even across the bridge, and what about “Billy Goat Gruff?”


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