Several years ago I found a poem about a bridge builder that I really liked. The bridge picture is from "Pictures from Havasu Canyon, Arizona Stanford Outing Club, November 1999" (www.emufarm.org/~cmbell/outing). Judy Kuster
The Bridge Builder
by Will Allen Dromgrode, 1934
An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was a flowing sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here.
Your journey will end with the ending day:
You never again must pass this way:
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide --
Why build you a bridge at eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, Too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building a bridge for him."
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