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The river is in full spate,
I stand on the bank.
In the shady corner of my mind -
are you there on the sunny side?
I see the living colours of the day from a distance …
searing sky, fevered sun.
I feel the coldness of the shaded breeze
chill to my heart.
Not a respite from the midday midsummer,
but static-cold in its own right,
not a contrast, no balancing act;
I am on the wrong side of the bridge,
but I cannot move.
We are frozen. On opposite sides.
Jackie worked as a journalist in news media in the UK for most of her career before changing direction two years ago to concentrate on writing poetry. She writes in a wide variety of styles and has had work accepted for publication on websites and in magazines in Wales. She has three poems in the PENfro Poets 2013 collection, which was published last September. She blogs at: http://jackie-news.blogspot.co.uk. She loves live literature and reads her work regularly at various venues in west Wales, including The Cellar Bards in Cardigan, Poems and Pints in Carmarthen and at music and poetry events at Rhosygilwen in Pembrokeshire. She is working on her first collection.
The Bridge was written in response to a painting - 'Henley Bridge', one in a series called 'The Lakes' - by west Wales based artist Eloise Govier. Eloise's website is at: