Monday, April 09, 2007

The Bridge

homeward bound
why do we always choose
this bridge?

gerald england

The bridge in the photograph is the Runcorn - Widnes Bridge. Locally and on signposts it is known simply as THE BRIDGE.

When our son, Ian, was staying in a Brain-injury rehabilitation centre, we regularly travelled to Liverpool to visit him. The direct route was along the M62, but often we prefered to use the M56 to Runcorn, over the bridge and past the airport into Liverpool.

Our other son, Craig, used to cheer everytime he saw THE BRIDGE.

This post is in response to the bridge theme on One Deep Breath.


  1. lovely memory for me gerald I used to walk across this bridge every morning to work in widnes from my digs in runcorn

  2. Bridges usually have some kind of beauty attached to them whether they are over a body of water or just indicate the closing in on our destination...
    This was wonderful...

  3. Really nice. Most of my bridge memories are of being stuck in rush hour traffic jams. LOL! So this is a nice antidote.

  4. I too love this bridge.
    I find bridges a bit scary - but in a good way.

  5. There was a bridge like this on the way to my grandparent's home~it scared me to death when I was a child.

    Your haiku says it all...

  6. Your haiku reminded me of the bridge just like this one that is the only way in and out of a town we call home. I used hate that bridge because it was so scary crossing over the gulf as a young child. Great haiku!

  7. Bridges are such a symbol of strength, crossings, and transitions. I would certainly choose a bridge route during a time of great stress such as you were enduring.

  8. Bridges seem to reel in a lot of people, perhaps it is an unconscious pull within ourselves to have connection. Home and bridges, it makes sense in your Haiku and story, I would never have made the association years ago.

  9. I always think there is something majestic about bridges. I do like the bridge theme. Great picture. (The photos of your sons are beautiful, by the way.)

  10. Thank you for explaining the meaning of the bridge. What a lovely haiku!

  11. I love this photograph - the section of the bridge looks so completely solid and sturdy

    often photos of bridges look beautiful, or structurally complex or simple, or organic and natural

    this picture seems very strong, but leaves me full of wonder about the rest of the bridge - and where it leads from and too

    I hope you know what I mean

  12. thank you for the links to more information

    this is still my favourite picture!

  13. I had been on a bridge theme earlier on but, alas, not on a poetic journey like this. I spoke to a man from Newcastle UK, who just happened to be in one photo crossing Maitland bridge. He knew of the severe floods that had occured there (doesn't rain anymore!)

  14. Not only illegle to climb but also dangerous.

    I collect bridges for a hobby, but because of the size, leave them where they are.

    Stanley Holloway had a monologue about crossing the river before they built the bridge at Runcorn
    "Per twopence, per person, per trip"

  15. A beautiful bridge as I googled some pictures and they even made a walkway on one side. Nice haiku.