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Country Roads and Bridges

Story ID:7423
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1940
Person:Gravel Road Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Country Roads and Bridges

Country Roads and Bridges

Country Roads and Bridges

Country Roads and Bridges

When I lived in Chelsea
Traveling those gravel roads alone
I’ve crossed many bridges
Of steel, concrete or just plain stone

These Arched Stone bridges
Were built way back when
There wasn’t any fancy machinery
They were built by real men.

I’ve crossed many of these arched bridges
I never thought about trust
One thing for sure
They wouldn’t rust.

Those stones were heavy
How were they put in place?
Everyone one is laid perfectly
Just the right amount of space.

I would cross over one of these
I would cross without fear
30-40-50-miles an hour
Passed over them in high gear.

Never thought anything about them
How or when they were constructed
But as I look at them now
Looks like they would easily be busted.

I can just imagine the horses and wagons
The transportation for these stones
From the quarry to the job site
Each wagon hauling twenty to fifty alone.

The last one called the Keystone
Is carefully placed
The men who put it together
Made sure every stone perfectly interlaced.

I don’t know how many of these bridges
Are still used today
Only a flood
Could wash one of these away.

My hats off to these gentlemen
Who built these arch bridges of stone
I can not imagine the work or effort
Used to make these bridges stand-alone.

Men are known for “great paintings”
We have leaders who are well known
I have never heard about one of these artists
Who built these “Arch Bridges of Stone.”

Monte L. Manka 08-19-11