An Old Man on a Wooden Bridge

An old man sat on an old wooden bridge amid the forest deep

Beneath ran a hidden mossy creek, and beyond,

The trees were lovely, dark and green, and the grassy path lay virgin.


Fish scuttled and dived head high, and the cool black water swirled.

The old man with shaking hands and legs trembled

Sat there for hours, and admired the awful scene.


Twilight and the tinged cloudlets

Sailed across the sea blue sky,

And a flock of white herons gleamed, and lazily went by.


He looked each side, and he was gay,

The trees were tall and dark, the leaves resplendent

The moon was not up yet, nor the owls screeched.


Scented air he breathed and his eyes poor surveyed

The bushy banks and thickets thick and ferns furled,

The climbers twirled the tall trees, and unendingly the forest whirred.


No neighbours,  no friends,

No children, all abroad and settled well.

He took a deep breath, and moaned.


Every evening, thus, he came, and sat on the old wooden bridge,

Heard the birds carol and the creek’s dying reel,

And wistfully surveyed the awful scene.

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  1. Awesome!

    1. thank you very much mam! you much appreciated!

  2. I want to learn Mr. Sinha’s class, but he is no more …..really I know that He is a great teacher….And he is always alive in our mind

    1. we miss our guide and mentor brother. May he rest in peace.

  3. Tenderly done Abu – this caught me on my first visit here… With Best Wishes
    Scott Hastie, Writer & Poet, London

    1. thank you so much Sir. Your words of inspiration I love. And happy to be connected with you.

    1. thank you very much dear mam for enjoying the poem.

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