Babb's Bridge

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    South Windham, Maine

    The Covered Bridge
    by Elizabeth K. Fuller

    The covered bridge is standing yet
    A relic of the past,
    'Twas built in"horse and buggy days"
    When life was not so fast.

    They went climbing up the latticework
    And hiding on the beams,
    Calling out to folks who passed
    And scaring all the teams.

    It's seldom now that wagon wheels--
    The trotting of a horse
    Are heard within the covered bridge,
    The changing times, of course

    The boys would carve initials,
    Unite what names they pleased,
    And then look down in laughter
    Because the girls were teased

    I once would boast that I could tell
    What farmer came to town
    By just the way his buggy squeaked,
    His horse's hoofs went down

    But when excitement always reigned
    When circus bills were posted
    Roaring lions! Acrobats!
    All things the circus boasted.

    But now I see a streak of blue,
    Sometimes a streak of gray,
    An auto has passed through the bridge,
    Is speeding on its way.

    We studied on those circus bills
    Where daring stunts were shown
    And after painful practice
    Gave a circus of our own

    The bridge was once a haven
    On a rainy summer day
    The children in the neighborhood
    Would gather there to play.

    But now when children cross the bridge
    They're told to hurry through,
    And frightened into knowing
    What a speeding car might do.

    Sometimes 'twas "kitty corner"
    Sometimes 'twas "keeping school,"
    A noisy bunch of youngsters
    Bent on breaking every rule.

    The covered bridge is standing yet
    And through its open portals
    The cars go dashing day and night,
    What chance have we poor mortals?

    Baking is my Zen, AnthonyRau, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Baking is my Zen 31 months ago | reply

      beautiful composition

    2. Vicki Lund Photography 31 months ago | reply

      Great leading lines Tom, great shot!

    3. Tom Whitney Photography 31 months ago | reply

      Thanks Vicki. I figured that there was no way to shoot this without the guard rails, so I chose to use them instead...

    4. srchedlund 31 months ago | reply

      ..very nice composition..!

    5. InAweofGod'sCreation 31 months ago | reply

      Been here many times. Looks just like itself :)

    6. Barbie West 30 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition! I love how you used the guardrail to draw you to the bridge.

    7. Tom Whitney Photography 28 months ago | reply

      Thanks. Since it was there, I decided to use it to my advantage.

    8. leroygp 13 months ago | reply

      Tom - I grew up in Windham(moved to the Detroit area 30 yrs ago) and do miss it-still have family there...where are you from ??

    9. Tom Whitney Photography 13 months ago | reply

      I'm originally from South Portland. I live in Scarborough now.

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