Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

The Iron Bridge - Poem by Billy Collins

I am standing on a disused iron bridge
that was erected in 1902,
according to the iron plaque bolted into a beam,
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Comments about The Iron Bridge by Billy Collins

  • Bharati Nayak (6/16/2018 7:24:00 PM)

    Let me quote from this beautiful poem- - -

    And now he dives,
    disappears below the surface,
    and while I wait for him to pop up,
    I picture him flying underwater with his strange wings,

    as I picture you, my tiny mother,
    who disappeared last year,
    flying somewhere with your strange wings,
    your wide eyes, and your heavy wet dress,
    kicking deeper down into a lake
    with no end or name, some boundless province of water.
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  • Bharati Nayak (6/16/2018 7:20:00 PM)

    An amazing write where the poet connects the year of construction of the bridge with his mother's infant days - - -the flow of life like water under a bridge- - - - -life appears and then disappears- - - Bridge connecting two lakes like a life span between birth and death.(Part-1) (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/16/2018 12:02:00 PM)

    Very nice. You remind me about my own mother. How sweetly my days passed with her. Enjoyed the emotional twang in the poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (6/16/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    As I read this stream of consciousness poem, I’m reminded of another by Charles Bukowsky that was PH Modern Poem of the Day recently. Charles’ was so idiosyncratic to me, led nowhere I could follow, and left me figuratively scratching me head. This one of Billy’s, rich with visual detail, ends by tying the whole together with poignancy and mystery. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (6/16/2018 8:54:00 AM)

    A touching poem for a mother! How the memory floods back and imagination adds to it! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/16/2018 5:59:00 AM)

    poetry of imagination; with brilliant figures and metaphors. thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/16/2018 3:55:00 AM)

    Bridge, ridge!

    Rusted railing.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/16/2018 3:43:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Bill Collins👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (6/16/2018 3:12:00 AM)

    An image filled write. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (6/16/2018 12:51:00 AM)

    I appreciate the poet for creating some lively images of that remote past- 1902 to be precise-
    when that Iron Bridge was erected and the poet's mother came into this world. Thanks a lot.
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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/16/2018 12:25:00 AM)

    Nice write....The metaphors used makes the poem lively and imaginative... (Report)Reply

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  • (7/16/2007 12:33:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem full of imagry and metaphors linking his mother to a place and time in a timeliness fashion. Bily Collins is a great poet. (Report)Reply

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