Distance Holds No Separation ~ Puente

Distance Holds No Separation

Distance Holds No SeparationI cross this wide river
every time I come to you.
And again, when I leave.
There is no other way,

~for distance holds no separation~

when I follow this course,
past and present become one.
I find consolation in that,
every time I cross this bridge.

A Puente, this poem is my response to Poetics: Build a Bridge, the prompt from Merril at dVerse ~ Poets Pub. The first and third stanzas of a puente convey a different element or feeling, but they have an equal number of lines, with that number being the writer’s choice. The one-line middle stanza, set off with a tilde (~) at each end, is the puente (Spanish for bridge). It functions as the ending for the last line of the first stanza AND as the beginning for the first line of the third stanza. Rhyme is optional.

Since moving to Missouri, I’ve made the trip back to New York to visit family many times. Being retired, I pretty much have an open calendar. My wife does not, so many times I’ve driven the round-trip solo. Each time, I cross the Mississippi River. The Stan Span (Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge), named after St. Louis Cardinal baseball great Stan Musial, is on Interstate 70, one of the routes out of St. Louis.


~ Day 27 ~

28 thoughts on “Distance Holds No Separation ~ Puente

    • Thank you, Grace. The sight ahead is so captivating, that I’m not really sure about the view of the city. But now that I think about it, I’ll bet it’s quite a view at night. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is illuminated, so that would be pretty impressive.


        • That might be nice, but it’s 3 – 4 lanes wide, with maybe a breakdown lane on the right.
          This is probably the widest part of the Mississippi before it’s joined by the Ohio River 120 miles south of St. Louis.

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        • The prompt on bridges and Glenn’s poem yesterday had me watching youtubes of Mackinac Bridge. I saw one with drone video that totally blew my mind — there were a bunch of people walking at the top! I think they were painting it, but still…..

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        • I drove over it (almost) every time I went to visit my younger son when he was in U in the UP, but no, I never did the annual Labor Day Walk across it. I think they had to cancel it last year 😦 I wonder if you could get them to do that for your bridge? Just sayin…. 😉

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