Grey Gloom

High Bridge by Night


Grey Gloom on misty river,
punctuated by pinprick light –
pirogue passes beneath the height
of skeletal bridge
peopled with idle watchers
as dispirited fisherman
poles through broad shallows,
coming empty-handed home
to angry wife and hungry night.


You will find a more cheeful interpretation  chez  Margo Roby, who gave us the painting A High Bridge by Night by Eijiro Kobayashi for inspiration.  


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6 Responses to Grey Gloom

  1. restlessjo says:

    Magnificent painting! And I rather like your gloomy interpretation, Viv 🙂


  2. Your closing lines are to the point in a truthfully refreshing way. I love that my mind’s eye thought fisherman, too…though I didn’t state it in my poem. The fact that I saw morning stars was because of a recent gem…a song that talks about the morning stars…reminded me that one can see them in the morning, too. I love the mood of your piece, Viv. 🙂


  3. Stormcat says:

    this would also fit united poets mid-week motif “hunger”
    i didn’t even notice the people on the bridge until you mentioned them in your poem.


  4. It’s a beautiful painting, isn’t it? Filled with many stories,hints, moments of which you captured here.


  5. bulldog says:

    Beautiful post…


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