And now for today’s prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about bridges. A bridge is a powerful metaphor, and when you start looking for bridges in poems, you find them everywhere. Your poem could be about a real bridge or an imaginary or ideal bridge. It could be one you cross every day, or one that simply seems to stand for something larger – for the idea of connection or distance, for the idea of movement and travel and new horizons.

Tibiao 030
living in reality
eyes are windows where
people can stare outside
and watch how their lives
are lived to go hand in hand
the hard up and the full
the pauperized and the affluent
the empty space devoid of energy
the skeletons of absence
and the leaf of intelligence
the architect of harmony
surveying the rounds of how
is not a question of when
not a place to where
not a reason of why
but to work for survival
each others’ moment
of need
of big and small
needing a hand
needing help
needing a bridge
to reach each other’s world
and see “what do you need?”
that should begin within your heart.