"Cullen Castle" by Robert Adam‘The Bridge of Sighs’ by David D. Irby The Society August 5, 2021 Beauty, Love Poems, Poetry 10 Comments . I stand upon the Bridge of Sighs as teardrops fill my weary eyes and think of life that used to be when she was still in love with me. I watch the river down below. My woes don’t interrupt the flow. It catches all my tears that fall yet makes no difference at all. I grab the railing hard and scream. “How dare the fates destroy my dream!” Above my head, two blackbirds fly and caw in answer to my cry. I sit upon the Bridge of Sighs as all the hope within me dies and mourn the man I used to be when she was still in love with me. . . Dave Irby is a retired law enforcement officer and a U.S. Air Force veteran, currently living in Halifax, VA. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 10 Responses Joe Tessitore August 5, 2021 This is a powerful poem that strikes me more as a comment on the plight of our nation than it does as a comment on love lost, especially since it is written by one standing on the Bridge of Sighs. Reply Jeff Eardley August 5, 2021 David, lovely to read and a great song lyric if ever there was one. There seem to be many such bridges these days, many of which are sighing beneath the weight of lovers’ padlocks. I often wonder if they retain a key each, in case things go belly-up. Best wishes from England. Reply Russel Winick August 5, 2021 Outstanding and moving! Reply Paul Freeman August 5, 2021 A deceptively simple poem. Thanks for the read. Reply Michael Dashiell August 5, 2021 Your work shows that romantic poetry isn’t dead if even shunned by most poetry publications. It’s a little trite in spots but blossoms with compelling lines. Reply Margaret Coats August 5, 2021 A sad but lovely song, indeed. I love the refrain, and also like the little detail of the blackbirds. The pair of them answering the single speaker heightens the melancholy. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant August 6, 2021 David, this is simply beautiful in its brevity and agony. As Jeff says, “a great song lyric if ever there was one”. Reply Cynthia Erlandson August 6, 2021 This is beautiful without being maudlin. I love the images of tears falling into the river yet not making a difference, and the answering blackbirds. Reply C.B. Anderson August 6, 2021 I know that bridge, David. You didn’t have to remind me of it, but you did. I’ll get over it, as always. Reply Satyananda Sarangi August 7, 2021 Dear Mr. Irby! Greetings. This Bridge of Sighs is old yet strong, The hands of Time have carved its shape; I hear a voice that hums my song Beneath these walls, there’s no escape! How grief engulfs the heart and stays Akin to rhyme of lovelorn bards! To find relief of years in days, Where tears are held in high regard. ©️ Satyananda Sarangi Your poem led me to write the above lines. Best wishes. Reply Leave a Reply to Cynthia Erlandson Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.