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Build a bridge

Updated on July 4, 2013

Cry me a river:

Pull up your wading boots,

Put on your waterproof vest and hat.

Find your paddles:

You know – the ones

that paddle the way

to where I Cry my river.

Place your hand in mine

like you once did

a long time ago: before the river

flooded and swept our hopes, dreams and plans -

leaving debris…

Cry a river for the children

who still remember the day

when the flood took all they knew away.

Build a bridge.

Cross that river.

Follow the waves.

Do not fear the crest.

Cry me a river

where I can rest.

Close my eyes.

Sweep my tears away.



Crue de la Charente en 1982, à Saintes

 Crue de la Charente en 1982, à Saintes   Date 1982  Source Own work  Author Jean M., via User:Symac
Crue de la Charente en 1982, à Saintes Date 1982 Source Own work Author Jean M., via User:Symac | Source

"Common Disaster" by Cowboy Junkies

There are all kinds of common disasters.

Have you ever shared a common disaster that involved the heart?

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Greetings Rolly,

      Love is such a simple, yet complex emotion...

      Hugs from Carolina

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Kim... loved the words you have opened and the reminder to me of the days in the far north, where n matter the need you opened the door to help a friend in need.

      The beauty of it all is when we are down and hurting others rally around us and help us through the hard times... to me it is called love...

      Hugs from Canada

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Romeo,

      " swims in your verse, though even those colours shall make up two-sevenths of your future rainbow, carefully crafted in the workshop of that heart which must surely one day becometh reality for the lady in the verse."

      Speechless,

      Me

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Building bridges in hope.....how many actually use them to return where they rightfully should be? So beautiful; so sad; so real, written with more than just ink and salt-water for sure -

      " Red on blue, for the memory of you.... " swims in your verse, though even those colours shall make up two-sevenths of your future rainbow, carefully crafted in the workshop of that heart which must surely one day becometh reality for the lady in the verse. Very moving.

      Sending a ray of sunshine your way dear Kim.

      With Kind Regards,

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Your continued support and kind words are so appreciated. I have been writing for such a long time. To have folks like you compliment my work is just wonderful.

      Thank You Dear Friend.

      Kim

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Kim, this is such a heartfelt write on many levels and very cleverly written. We all can relate to building and crossing bridges at some point and time in our life. It's clear to see you have a special gift and talent Kim, amazing :) Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and shared.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Colin,

      I am so envious. I love to swim. I would love to live where I could swim or paddle as often as you.

      It is my pleasure to hang out with you.

      Kim

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....yes dear Kim, and I have many of those days. Actually I don't know how to swim partly because of my bad ears since birth .I now wear hearing aids when I need them.

      When I go out into the water/ the sandbar I always have enough sense never to go beyond my neck and I just doggie paddle around or float - and I go into the water almost everyday from late May to mid- October and I've done that all of my life so I guess I am just a water baby after all - lol - have a great day , it's always so wonderful hanging out with you

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Colin,

      Gosh. I have not thought about "Ode to Billy Joe" in such a long time-but works so well. I also appreciate your comments of late regarding titles.

      I do not think I have ever eaten lemon muffins. Now, I am thinking I will try to make some--maybe even the high calorie kind.

      Yes. We have our own bridges to cross. Are you not glad you know how to swim?

      Sending you hugs and a magical waterproof vest for those days when all you feel like doing is treading water.

      Much love and gratitude,

      Kim

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello and good afternoon my awesome Kim from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 1:02pm with my last cup of coffee for the day and two delicious high calorie lemon muffins upon waking up from night shift sleep and the last strains of Vivaldi playing on my cd.

      This is quite an affecting read and oh so terribly romantic - it reminded me somewhat of that great song years ago by Bobbie Gentry called Ode to Billie Joe - because you built up a story here with alluring images to be projected onto the canvas of my cinematic mind and that's what great writers always do - of which you are one.

      Sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs from the three of us and posting madly and gladly on my FB page for all to see and read

      and yes this is also a title to die for

      p.s. - I think we all have our own bridges to cross in life, don't we?

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Dim,

      Thank You for your nice comments.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Outstanding.! You touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Cat,

      We are finally having days with sun, but still some pretty nasty afternoon/evening storms-lots of hail night before last. I live in the mountains which doesn't mean that we don not get some heat, but I do not remember ever reaching 105. Wow!

      I will, however, continue to look for our rainbows and will bottle some up and send your way for sure.

      I see the volume of notifications that are sent your way which just speaks to how great a following you have here on HP and rightfully so. Thus, for you to make time to send this note just indicates how wonderful you truly are.

      Hugs to you my friend,

      Kim

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sweetest Kim,

      I have to apologize; the summer is pulling me away from the computer and I'm buried in notifications. Since I've been here last, the rain has stopped and the sun has been MORE than generous! :D ... We've had the last few days in the 90s and we have a heat warning for tomorrow, where we could get up to 105! Then I hear the rain will be back again! I will say though, there has been so much sun; it's dried up my tears!

      If I see a rainbow after the next rain, I'll try to bottle some of it up and send it your way! But, you must promise to do the same for me :D

      I hope these last few days have been good to you!

      Hugs girly!

      Cat

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      trey,

      Greetings! Maybe it is the infrequency that reminds us of that which IS beautiful. Thanks so much for reading and leaving such a provocative comment.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      trey 4 years ago

      Infrequent are the times in life when we experience something as beautiful as "Build A Bridge". Thanks

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Lurana,

      Nice to see you. Thanks for your kind comments.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Sweet and strong with just enough melancholy to pull the heartstrings! Nice job. ~Lurana

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      Maybe we can wait on our rainbows together.

      With all of the rain we have been having, then lots of sunshine should be heading this way.

      So appreciate you.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kim,

      It's coming... it has to be! I've always told myself that for every day of rain there will be two days of sunshine in store. (Trust me, I'm still waiting for a rainbow to appear)

      Thank you!

      I truly hope you have a special day!

      Cat

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      Hoping for a rainbow. Thank you for your kind words. It takes a beautiful heart to know one. Smiles.

      Valleypoet,

      I appreciate the compliment. Thank You.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      You have used the metaphor of the river and the bridge to good effect here...very well written..thank you Kim :-))

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kim,

      It's almost scary how much I understand this... on so many levels! I actually voted 'yes and the rain' and I noticed your comment about the rain after, which was almost equally as 'scary'. Of course, this piece is beautiful, as is your heart... but it almost hurts to read.

      After the rain, there is often a rainbow!

      Wishing you the best!

      Cat

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Eddy,

      Thank you for leaving such nice comments. Thank you for your support.

      You are the gem.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and voted up, Thanks for sharing this gem

      Eddy.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ann. I appreciate your support.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Ann 4 years ago

      I love this poem altho it made me cry,You are a great writerKim,I can almost see the hurt and heartbreak in your words.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      Hey! I thought about including S&G's "Bridge Over Troubled Water?"

      But "Common Disaster" by Cowboy Junkies kept capturing my thoughts.

      You are absolutely correct: we all need a bridge...Thank you. I hope mine finds me again, too.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kim, this is heartfelt, very touching.... we all need a bridge over the troubled waters, I hope you'll find yours again.

      Beautiful poem, my best to you.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      Thanks so much. To inspire someone is the ignition we all need from time to time.

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Thanks for your support. My heart broke when my marriage broke up and the poem is about how I still grieve and wish that we were still together even though we experienced our "common disaster" such a long time ago. Because it was this time of year when we parted, this time of year is especially hard and because we have had rain for it seems like forever, this poem emerged.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nice sentiments. When it comes to disasters it's great if everyone pulls together.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very well written, Kim. Strong! And now I am inspired and my mind is off and running. Thank you.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      This one has great meaning for me. Thank you for reading and supporting me. This time of year is especially tough for me and so to deal with the tears, this is what came through.

      jabelufiroz,

      Greetings! And Thank You so much!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Great poetry OCFIREFLIES.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Kim, this is truly a gem here you have written. "Build a Bridge" indeed! This write stirs one's heart in a profound manner.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Jamie,

      So wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for calling my poem a "gift" and for sharing in my love of the Cowboy Junkies.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      It is funny to me that when I fall back into my reading routine here on Hubpages, I seem to find poems that really fit the times. Your poem really helped me think through some issues in my relationships that I am currently working on. Thank you for this poem and the gift you have offered me and thank you for including the Cowboy Junkies they are one my top ten list. Jamie