Swinging Bridge – Day 17 April PAD

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Swinging Bridge

Growing up we

spent time at the

Swinging Bridge

spanning the Colorado

River dividing two

Central Texas counties

We would run across

shouting with joy

and setting the

bridge into motion

An elaborate Rope and

Lumber affair back then

It saw hay-rides…

school field trips…

necking in the moonlight…


way too many late-night

keg parties where some

drunk fool jumped into

the river below and

could not figure out

how to get climb

the river bank


it has been refurbished

for at least the second


Now being held high

above the Colorado with

huge steel ropes attached

to cement stanchions on

each end…


It still has its

wooden deck and a

nice sway when

driven across


better yet…

when a herd of

screaming children

experience the joy

of running from

one county to

the next!

Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Today’s prompt…write a ‘swing’ poem.

Riding the Night – “All Trades” Weekly Challenge: Stars


“All Trades” Weekly Challenge: Stars

Posted on October 21, 2013 by 


In today’s world, we have a tendency to forget those little pinpoints of light in the sky. I live in the city, so I’m guilty! I can’t remember the last time I saw the stars. This week, I want you to let the plasma sphere move you!

Since Eccentric Chai is a blog which promotes doers within any trade, I like to leave my weekly challenges open to interpretation, and open to all forms of media. Whether you are a writer, painter, or a candlestick maker (hardy har) then this challenge is for YOU.

Get out there and do something involving the stars. Get outside and see them. If you can’t get to a place where you can see then with your own eyes, get online and check out some cosmic artwork. Do whatever you like. Let the stars inspire you. Then take that inspiration and do.

Wikipedia, Nasa image

Wikipedia, Nasa image

Need some ideas? Here are a few:

  • Go stargazing with the family (bonus: try to find the seasonal constellations)
  • Take your camera, a tripod, and go make a time-lapse photograph of the night sky.
  • Paint a picture of the night sky, or of an astrological sign based on a constellation
  • Take the kids to the nearest planetarium
  • Go read “Stars” by Robert Frost
  • Write a creative nonfiction piece about the birth of a star (or death)
  • Write a poem about Orion

Once you are done, and are proud of your experiences and/or creation, post a link in the comments below to show everyone how the stars have inspired you this week.

Now get out there and DO

Image:  We Heart It

Image: We Heart It

Riding the Night

Giggling ~

She ran up the Stairway of Moonbeams

Beckoning her to the Night Sky

Stars by the thousands invite her

to come plan…

Challenging her…

Teasing her…

“Please do something daring

and different this time!” the Stars begged.

Usually they played

Hide and Seek…

Chase and Tag…



she had a surprise for


The Moon was her


It was his idea and

she loved it immediately

The best trick yet!

Just as the Stars were

bursting with anticipation

The Moon dropped something

from his lowest crescent point

“What was that?” gasped the Stars.

When the glow settled

She climbed up and with one quick

push the swinging began

Higher and higher

with each kick

she soared through

the amazed stars


She continued to swing

higher and higher until finally…

She looped the Moon…

A complete circle …

Pausing at the top arc for effect


Swooping down through

the glittering Stars

This was it…

The best ever…

They laughed and





© 2013 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

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