June 16, 2018

Bridge Through My Mind

by Steve J. Burkett (author's profile)


Bridge Through My Mind

I've crossed over
swift running rivers
cutting through the middle
of faded downtowns
long empty building
where vacant storefronts
stare back at me
where all the cafes
are shattered up
there are rows of rusted cars
so old they qualify
as lawn art
there is a presence of
unfriendly life
where sidewalks are filled
with pedestrians from my past
where the dogs are loose
Sunday afternoon early summer
another swift running river
another damaged bridge

Steve Burkett


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tigana Posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 6 months, 1 week ago   Favorite
You know - I’ve always liked your poetry better than your paintings and I think I’ve finally realized why - it’s because I love words - love to create paintings in my mind based on the words I read.
It’s not (never has been) that I think you can’t draw or paint - some of your art I like a great deal - it’s just that I prefer the words.
I love you

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tigana Posted 3 months, 1 week ago. ✓ Mailed 3 months, 1 week ago   Favorite
My love - I didn’t write this past week and not sure if I will next week - but at least this time I have legitimate reasons!
This past week we had a hurricane! You probably heard about Hurricane Michael - well, it was here! Pretty exciting! The wind broke off 7 light poles on the main street in town but they’re not sure how strong the wind actually was because the first thing it took out was the monitoring equipment - lol. We lost power during the night Wednesday and got it back this afternoon. Fortunately we bought a big home generator a few years ago (they paid half and I paid half) - it will run most everything in the house if you don’t try to cook, do laundry, and run the AC all at the same time. When there’s no power I just go up to their house until it comes back on. There are many trees and roofs down around here - they’re still working on clean up and all - but we are all well. Ironically, the older children are in South Carolina with a Christian group, helping with clean up from Hurricane Florence - which missed us.

Then next week they’re operating on my eyelids - although it’s plastic surgery it will help with my vision. I thought I was opening my eyes very wide to be able to see better - turns out I was raising my eyebrows, which in turn pulled up my eyelids! Lol. I don’t know anyone who’s had it done so I don’t know if it hurts much after or not so I’m not planning on doing anything next week

I love you - wanted to make sure I got this out on the website and on its way to you so you’d know I was OK.

Oh! I got your letter today - where we live is considered middle Georgia. If you get a chance to look at a map, the closest larger cities (for reference) are Macon and Savannah - we’re about halfway between them

I loved the poem, even though it’s not yours - that’s mostly exactly how I feel - a few differences but overall it describes it. But - we learn, eventually, to accept what we can’t change...to move forward with what we have - particularly since we’ve done this to ourselves. I love you so...

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