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The Bridge

Purple dusk draws in
and they stroll
the same stretch
at the north end where
modern council buildings sit
on a corner of Bank Street -
incongruous against older
grimy granite structures
striking in their splendour
the road that is a bridge
buildings gripped close like
a medieval pagent bright shop
fronts apeing booths of years
gone by just no knights on horseback

Why do they return
maybe for their evening
constitutional or prayers in the Kirk
odd looking companions
I stand outside the Scottish
National Library creamy compared
to its dowdy cousins and look across at
this manifestation -

Barrie his dark hair carefully combed
thin gaunt face trimmed moustache
eyes which pierce all they see -
the dark jacket emphasied by white shirt
and large celluloid collar
a folder of papers under his arm
a small red headed boy at his side
dressed in straw hat and sailor suit
and just behind
a small grey terrier with head cocked
towards the pair

I shake my head
a figment of my imagination
this evening apparition
it feels another world away
from this Edinburgh and George IV Bridge

Or in this place of literary magic
am I seeing through layers of time
as they pass on down the street
I hear the echo of the barking of a dog
and a definite chuckle.

Samantha Beardon.

Style / type: 
Free verse
Review Request (Intensity): 
I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
Editing stage: 


like a dream or maybe a musing sort of thing. Kind of like; I wonder what it was like here, all those years ago? At any rate, I got a very sharp image of the scene. ~ Geezer.

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Thanks Geezer I dont know if you have seen any films about GreyFriars Bobby the dog that slept for 14 years on his masters grave possibly not.. lol
I set this in Edinburgh and picked Greyfriars Bobby whose grave is near the bridge and another famous writer from there JM Barrie who wrote Peter Pan and used poetic truth to add them together lol.

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I have seen a movie about that dog! I love dogs and admire them for their unswerving devotion to their masters/mistresses. Thanks for the explanation. ~ Geezer.

Honest critique and comments shouldn't hurt.
It's why we are here, to get better at our craft.

This is another great work from you, ma'am. You have talents.


It will need some more work Collins it needs to sit a little.

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Eyes that pierce all that they see........a most excellent line

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