Memoirs IV (Free verse) by http://mulberryfairy
We paced the bridge
to stop to gaze where whitecaps
hid our favorite rock islands.
Gawking in fear and rapture
stilling ourselves in meditation
until the bridge itself moved;
a vast tugboat parting rapids.
Suddenly feeling unstable,
in zealous competition with the Earth's revolution
considered reaching for corroded railings
reconsidered, seeing sharp chips of pale green paint
the erosion of cement around rust pimpled metal.
Instead, held each otherâs feverish hands
to steady ourselves against the force
of wind in our faces, a spinning world
where the sound of water
gushing over and through the dam
made us oblivious to trucks' speedy passage
but not the lurching of the bridge
"Just look away."
Sober blue eyes met with mine,
looking up from under wind-scattered bangs
âI wouldnât be able to swim in there?â
âNo, not even if it were shallow enough to stand,
it is moving much too fast.â
âI could if I were a giant.â
We ceased our investigation and walked home.
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