The Rope Bridge

Above swirling mountain waters
the rope bridge swayed
hung precariously low
drooping down
like a frayed pocket full of loose change
as thousand tired trudging feet
carefully trod on the ramshackle boards
creaking under the dead weight
of struggling lives

It was a downhill climb
from a hilltop that crumbled down
in a cascading landslide
built-up hope rolling down
in dislodged boulders broken

Souls fled in a trembling terror
through defiled mountain paths
seeking a new cliff on the other side
crossing threatening rushing waters
below a swaying rope bridge.

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About Madhumita Ghosh

Studied at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. M.A. M.Phil Ph.D in English. Associate Professor in a degree college affiliated to Calcutta university. Love reading, writing poems and short stories. Translation is another passion Have translated English Romantic poetry to Bengali and Tagore poems to English.

1 thought on “The Rope Bridge

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Stark imagery,at once visceral and unromantic inextricably entwines the reader in the fate of the rope bridge and the lives of those who depend upon it.


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