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View from the Bridge - a poem remembering Princess Diana

Updated on August 26, 2012
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Diana - August 31th - 1997


View from the Bridge


Seeing the dust clouds rise,

(from the horse and carriage)

Deafened by the collective lament

Recalling your earlier words,

‘nothing can go wrong,’

How could it?

Your life was unparalleled,

overflowing with fortune.


How you agonized

discovering tranquillity was not

for sale,

and three’s a crowd you confirmed,

‘Believe me- three’s a crowd.’

No price tags on love

Whatever that is.


You plunged into an opulent future,

dreary talk drifting away like smoke,

pursued taunting the pursuers now.

treading carelessly

through idyllic days,

you gave new meaning to

Putting on the Ritz.


No one predicted Parisian excess,

and a dimly lit tunnel.

copyright (c) m edwards 2012




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    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      3 years ago from australia

      Jan, hello - Yes, such a sad day, I think most of us recall where we were...what a tragedy. It seems though her short life made a huge difference - how proud she would be of her sons. Good to hear from you Jan - thank you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wow, this brings back a tragic memory of the loss of the beloved Princess Diana. As I read, I remembered where I was and how I cried when I heard the news. You've captured the unexpectedness of this shocking, traumatic event, contrasted with her sweet, regal presence. What a presence she was. Voted up.

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      travmaj 

      4 years ago from australia

      Vellur - thank you, lovely comment. Yes is was sad indeed. her legacy lives on. Thanks again

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed and no one saw the end coming in the tunnel of doom, sad she had to die the way she did.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      4 years ago from australia

      Joe - thanks again...

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      Joe 

      4 years ago from north miami FL

      of course it was so well written it'd be wrong for me not give it praise.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      4 years ago from australia

      joedolphin - thank you so much for your lovely comment, much appreciated,

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      Joe 

      4 years ago from north miami FL

      What a wonderful tribute, truly great poetry

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Mystic Moonlight - I entirely agree with your comments - most heartfelt I know - thank you - very much appreciate your stopping by.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      gwenny - thank you for such wonderful comments - truly appreciated.

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      MysticMoonlight 

      5 years ago

      She was such a caring and loving, truly beautiful person, it's still hard to believe that she is gone. And here, she would be becoming a grandmother! I bet she is smiling her beautiful smile watching on as her boys have become men....wonderful to remember her, travmaj2. Thanks for sharing this :)

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      GwennyOh 

      5 years ago

      This is so brilliant I shared it. Lovely! I will Tweet it and pin it on Pinterest and Facebook too.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Thank you Michelle - her demise was truly a tragedy - difficult to realise she would almost be a grandmother now. I imagine, if she were here, she would be delighted...

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Oh yes, no one could have known about the tunnel. She truly was a candle in the wind. Thanks for the great tribute, Travmaj.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      And thank you Dream On for stopping by and commenting - I totally agree with your sentiments.

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      DREAM ON 

      5 years ago

      If people could be more like princess Diana this world would be much a better place.So sad and aweful to lose someone so wonderful.Thanx for sharing your lovely poem.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Theater girl - great you stopped by. so fascinating how people remember where they were when the news of the death of Diane was announced. I was driving along a country road. Diane seemed to have boundless energy and compassion - it seemed impossible.

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      Jennifer 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      As a six year old I watched my tv with huge eyes as a beautiful princess got married.....

      As a mild anglofile, I watched her life and thought she was the bravest person. I was standing in a club in new york city with tears rolling down my face that night in august when they announced over the p.a. system that she died. Then I sat like I did as a six year old and watched the world bury the beautiful princess. This is such a beautiful tribute. Thank you for it!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      thost - thank you - you are right, so much has been written and still being written about Diana. She certainly left a legacy behind.

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      thost 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Many people have written about Diana, your poem says so much. Thank you.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Thank you Sheri - I appreciate your comments and yes, I agree, such a tragedy. However, in her own way, I believe she changed a little of the establishment. Nice to hear from you - look forward to more hubs!

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Wow! You captured her perfectly. I always felt so bad for that lovely lady...they literally hounded her to death! Well done!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Thank you shiningirisheyes for stopping by and commenting - much appreciated.Yes, so many attributes and a true Princess.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Soul stirring write about such a wonderful humanitarian and environmental activist as well as a mother.....oh and a Princess.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Nell - thank you so much for commenting and voting. How fabulous you were able to meet Diana personally. A wonderful memory to share. thank you.

      I don't believe she ever knew what a - difference - she made!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      unknown - thank you for stopping by and commenting - you know I appreciate - it is amazing, all these comments from around the world remembering Diana and how extraordinary she was. Sad!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Wonderful poem, and you told her tale so well, such a shame, when I met her she was quiet, sweet and so nice, I will never forget it, voted up, cheers nell

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      you've written one extraordinary tribute to the most beautiful princess.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      girishpuri - thank you for being here and commenting on Diana -I just keep on saying - how many hearts she touched around the world.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Wonderful tribute to deserving Diana, voted up.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Vinaya - thank you so much - overwhelming how Diana touched so many hearts around the world. Thank you for your comments -

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I was a high school sophomore when Princess Diana died. Fifteen years are gone, but she is still in our hearts and will always be in our heart.

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Haley - thank you so much for commenting - amazing how Diana touched so many people - young, old - and around the world.

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      HaleyMCruz 

      6 years ago from California

      I remember when she died, and mind you I was five years old. I actually cried though I didn't know who she was. I was heartbroken that a princess had died, and how she was so pretty but never to be seen again. I love poems and stories based on legendary people like Princess Di. I loved your tribute to her :)

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Thank you Mhatter - princess she was - but sadly no happily ever after

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      writer20 - yes I agree - it was so sad - when I saw (on tv) the horse and carriage her cortege appear it seemed so surreal. So young, so misunderstood, so much to offer in her own way. No, I won't mention that other person...

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Billy - thank you - totally agree with all your words - how underestimated she was and what a sad and tragic end.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      christin - hello again and thank you -she was beautiful and I've no doubt will always be remembered.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      midget - thank you for being here - yes she was one beautiful lady and her death was far too soon - she had so much more to offer -

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      It wasn't a dream, fair princess, she really existed. Thank you :-)...

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      kj force - agree with everything you state - such an asset to the royal family and so easily ignored - what a tragedy.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Pavlo - hello again - and your comment was quite true - her death touched so many of us - in so many places in the world - so sad and so meaningless. She deserved better.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR

      travmaj 

      6 years ago from australia

      Hello Valley - I so appreciate your comment - pleased indeed that you approved of the poem and the presentation - thank you once again.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a wonderful tribute to beautiful Diana. Hearing about her death had me crying for days. Oh don't get me started about that stupid husband she had.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A beautiful remembrance of a beautiful princess and wonderful woman.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely poem. I obviously did not know this woman....how could we when our only contact is through the carefully staged media presentations....but she seemed genuinely nice and buoyant, and there was a vitality about her that appealed to me.

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      Ann-Christin 

      6 years ago from UK

      A beautiful poem in memory of a beautiful women.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      It's a pity...a beautiful lady, dead before her time. Thanks for the beautiful, beautiful poem, travmaj. Votes up!

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      kjforce 

      6 years ago from Florida

      travmaj....Beautifully written poem regarding a beautiful woman..whose path in life was cut short way too soon. She will be remembered far beyond the rest of Royals in the UK, as she was a true representative of and for the people...thank you for sharing.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Poetry is not my strong side. I can not judge, sorry. But Diana was something much more than a Princess. She was so different from her surrounding.. I still feel sorry for her death and I am not the only one..

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      Valleypoet 

      6 years ago

      Maj...this story of Diana's life could only be written in the way it has by a very talented poet. I am a very big fan of your poetry. More please:-))

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