Covered Bridges

Driving in the rain, I see a sign.
Tourist Information:
Covered Bridges Maps and Tours.

swirls of starlings –
patterns in the wind,
murmurs of the wind,
of the starlings,
of the heart.

I almost stop for a brochure.
No. The real thing
can’t equal the memory,
even in the rain.

– Sarah Russell
Photo by Robert Thompson
For Poetry Pantry, Poets United

33 thoughts on “Covered Bridges

  1. I think I read Bridges of Madison County first, then driving around New England stopped to take pictures of every single covered bridge I saw. A completely unsubstantiated love affair !! Like your poem, says so much without saying anything.

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  2. How powerful the memory is, recalling far more than a photo on a brochure for something extra is imprinted inside you. This is certainly the case with me where childood memories are vivid yet the real thing pales now in comparison.

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    1. Thanks, Sanaa. When I lived in France, I bought a book of drawings — cartoons really — of the different monuments, parks, etc. When I got home it was my favorite souvenir since I could recall my memories of the places without a photo of how it was “supposed” to look.

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