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The Bone Bridge

A poem by Jason Branch, sophomore Psychology Major

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Bone bridge, stepping stone spines

Rickety, rickety, rock

Bone bridge, chasm up high

Slippery, slippery, stalk

Thin air, tight labored breath

Hiccuping, hiccuping, talk

Narrow eyes, watching above

Menacing, menacing, mock


Bone bridge, fog makes blind

Whispering, whispering, foe

Bone bridge, turning behind

Withering, withering, woe

Echoes of laughter unkind

Cackling, cackling, crow

Choking on the stench of death

Resenting, resenting, glow


The bone bridge leads to dead mens’ land

Cursed to turn fresh water to sand

A place for sinners to repent

A place where demons and plague is sent


The bone bridge takes no prisoners

An unforgiving warmonger

The weeping souls remain unheard

Deafening crackling smothers their words


Bone bridge, stepping stone spines

Rickety, rickety, rock

Bone bridge, chasm up high

Slippery, slippery, stalk

Purgatory, resting place

Wallowing, wallowing, song

Now there’s silence to replace

The echoing, melancholy song

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