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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Upon the Samuel Beckett Bridge

Upon the Samuel Beckett Bridge,
I waited and I waited.
I waited till the day’s grey light
had all but dissipated.
I waited till the sun was gone
and hope was sacrilege.
I waited all my life upon
the Samuel Beckett Bridge.


  1. What a pretty bridge! I'm sorry you had to sit on it for such a long time, even if the wait produced such a nice little poem.

    I had to go look up what the kerfuffle is about & the Wikipedia told me right away: "Since launch, both the location of the bridge and the traffic management provisions in place have attracted criticism;[11] with commentators noting that improvements could be made,[12] and that traffic management restrictions that prevent certain turns onto the bridge, are designed to force drivers to use the East-Link Toll Bridge."

  2. Hi Bug, hope you're well. Actually, the traffic congestion on the bridge, which can be considerable, wasn't what I had in mind when I wrote it, though its another interpretation and just as valid. Not sure if you're familiar with the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, but his most famous work was a piece called Waiting for Godot, in which a couple of fellers just stand around and wait for the entire duration of the play. So I was trying to be ironic, but was probably being too smart for my own good!

  3. What I like about Beckett is the humour and irony of his work as well as the despair. I like your playful approach - the choice of setting, the title, the repetition of 'waiting'. Nice rhythm and rhyming too.

  4. Thanks Valerie. Coming from you, that's praise indeed...