Jun 20 2017

Bridges #WEPFF #FlashFiction Reverse Poem

June Badge #WEPFF Bridges writing

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Here’s a book with the word bridge in the title:

Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1): Bridge & Sword World by JC Andrijeski

A covered bridge in my region:
Lehigh Valley, PA — covered bridges
Bogert Covered Bridge — Fish Hatchery Rd. Allentown, PA 18103 USA
The oldest bridge in Lehigh County, it dates back to 1841 and spans 145 feet over Little Lehigh River.

It’s right near the:
Museum of Indian Culture which “showcases the cultural heritage of the Delaware/Lenape Indians” (my people).

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My entry:


Against the ship
Gather to view as
We pop
Fizzy drinks which spill as
Glass clinks
Spring across the bridge
Behold nature’s power
We are travelers in awe
For a few moments
Passing the point
From known to unknown
As we venture
Music plays
We cross the bridge
From this world to the next

By: J Lenni Dorner

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Sixty is the word count but,
tricky tricky…
double to one-twenty for
trouble that’s risky.
Read lines up after down,
indeed this is nifty!

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Word Count: 60+60= 120 FCA

While explaining poetry generally ruins it, non-native English speakers might have a difficult time with this.
Information/ translation assistance:
“Reverse poetry is a poem that can be read forwards one way and have a meaning, but also be read backwards and have another different meaning.” This poem is meant to be read from the top line down and then from the bottom line back up, because it’s actually two free verse poems in one.
The Titanic departed in spring time.
Einstein–Rosen bridges, or wormholes, are “a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe.” Being caught in one that collapses could crash a spaceship into a star, or multiple stars as it’s ripped apart.
The bridge of a ship is the room or platform from which the ship can be commanded.
Ships can be water vessels or space vessels.
Waves can be a curled body of water or a movement of the hand.
Stars can be famous people, or people who worked for White Star Lines, or giant balls of burning gas in space.
“Fizzy drinks” — Sparkling wine, such as Champagne, or other carbonated beverages.
Pop can mean to open a fizzy drink (as in “pop one open”), or it can mean to burst.
Spring can be a time of year or a rapid movement.
“Cross the bridge” — can be a metaphorical way to say dying, passing on, going to Heaven, etc. — can also literally mean to cross an actual bridge.

Titanic ticket image from Pinterest

drawing of a spaceship crashing in space

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  1. Definitely tricky. And clever. And moving.
    English is such a rich (and sometimes confusing) language.
    Loved this poem – in both directions.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. What an interesting poem. I never read such before, but it works both ways.

    1. Thanks.

  3. Hi,

    Very thoughtful verses about the existent of life and what happens when we get to the toll bridge of death.
    Shalom aleichem,
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  4. Very clever indeed. Not sure which way I like it better, but they both have a rich meaning. WELL DONE!
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  5. Excellent! Loved all the details of the many types of bridges and the poem was the icing on the cake. I’ll have to give that type of writing a try sometime. Love a new challenge. Waves hello!
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    1. I’ve wanted to try the style for some time now. Figured this was a good opportunity. Afterall… bridges tend to go both ways! 😉

  6. Now that is awesome. Wow. How many hours went into creating such a wonder? Well done!
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    1. I spent a few days on it.

  7. Nifty is completely right! Neat take on the prompt! Bravo!

    1. Thanks! 🙂

  8. I saw this coming and was so excited. I had already read it in the opposite direction before reading on. I wondered if it was intentional or coincidental, but that would be an amazing coincidence. I actually enjoyed the explanation. It confirmed a few things for me and taught me a few more. I thoroughly enjoyed this entry.
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    1. Aww, thanks so much!

  9. This is so clever, thanks for sharing!
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    1. Thanks for reading!

  10. This one grabbed my heart because I’ve never been able to shake the tragedy that was the Titanic. Thanks for the poem and the explanation. NNS or NS always need assists when it comes to poetry, even when it goes straight from word to heart.
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    1. I’m glad you liked it.

  11. Hi J Lenni! How clever! I liked reading this poem both directions. Just as good reading from the bottom.
    So many interesting things you’ve posted for us today…love the document inclusion. The Titanic. Wow.

    I’ve often thought one of our prompts should be for everyone to try their hand at poetry. Why not? There’s always free verse.

    Thanks for an outstanding entry for the WEP BRIDGES challenge!

    Denise 🙂
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    1. I’m glad you liked it.

    • dolorah on June 22, 2017 at 12:35 AM

    Now that is ‘nifty’. A difficult achievement. Nicely written poetry, and loved the trivia to.

    1. Thank you.

  12. This is very impressive. I had not heard of ‘reverse poetry’ until now. I struggle enough with writing a coherent poem, let along making sense in reverse. Well donee. I really like it and could see and feel the Titanic in it’s lines.

    1. Thanks.

    • Deborah on June 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    I really like this reverse poetry. I was thinking about a cruise ship and crossing over from life to death too. Especially when you read from bottom to top, it sounds like when we die.
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  13. Well done … I enjoyed the links to the White Star line and the explanations … cheers Hilary
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  14. A great verse indeed. I’ve never tried one that can go forwards and backwards, at least intentionally. Titanic sure was one that thought nothing could touch the ship and then into the unknown they went.

    1. Thank you.
      I wanted to do something different.

  15. Congratulations! You submitted an excellent piece of writing.
    Shalom aleichem,
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