Midnights Voice

(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

Bridges to Yesterday


When the sun goes down
we need a light
so we burn our bridges down.

And holding each other tight in fright
We know we cannot go back
because all our bridges are down

...the sun has gone down
but a full moon of love is rising
We will see our way forward

I won't look back if you won't
there is no turning back
Are you with me?

The bridge burning away to yesterday
Too hot to hang onto, ouch!
Let it go for today.

Submitted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 24, 2013

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  • Neela Nath (2/24/2014 7:54:00 AM)

    The first word I want to say about this poem is the imagery....the sun has gone down
    but a full moon of love is rising
    We will see our way forward- - - - -have arrested attention. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (12/31/2013 9:46:00 AM)

    Excellent thoughts Thomasji.. Wonderful composition with a message that goes down to the mind and marrow.
    A new year gift from you sir, (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (11/28/2013 5:18:00 PM)

    its simple but complex, could easily describe all our relations when to continue, when to go forward or when to retreat, all we can do is go forward, and live with experience. Some great stuff midnight. your voice is moonlight affair. (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Tiwari (11/26/2013 3:28:00 AM)

    Even when no9t that with you, you wait for to come let you go for today without waiting.
    Good lesson in the end. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (11/16/2013 1:11:00 PM)

    letting go of bridges to yesterday sounds so easy but sometimes so difficult. Giving hope for tomorrow. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/13/2013 8:22:00 AM)

    The poem is really great a farce on human attitude simple but complex as it is Thomas Brother this poem is so beautiful really it is midnights voice and agreed 10 thank (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (11/9/2013 6:54:00 PM)

    Another great poem so seemingly simple but complex with layers of meaning to be read slowly and with care. 10/10 BB (Report) Reply

  • Dee Corpolongo (11/5/2013 7:00:00 PM)

    A great poem as always, but for it to mean you are leaving here, it is very sad.....and you will be missed by many.
    Why...I do not know....(the reason for your leaving, I mean..) but wherever you may go, hope you remember the many who have enjoyed your poems
    and comments, but it's so sad to say goodbye....Please give it another try?
    But I do wish you the very best with {{{hugs}}} my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/26/2013 8:11:00 AM)

    Let it go for today, if only it was that easy. Each bridge we climb is one step closer to finding just who we are (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (10/24/2013 7:16:00 AM)

    to light up the temporary darkness, should we have to destroy our history of bridging memory.. This poem reminds me of the atrocities, our Indian forefathers had faced in India and in America during the rein of foreign invaders. In many countries history has been written to the fancy of rich and powerful.. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (10/24/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    Bridge of yesterday is made of remembrance, memory and present...in between of past and future...if no time exist need no bridge to use...but no where to go...but visiting the last seasons can be soothing when we thinking the uncertainty of next what will happen_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (10/23/2013 6:44:00 AM)

    Like the lion in 'the Wizard of Oz' discovered - you gotta have courage - great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/22/2013 4:11:00 AM)

    Let the old bridges crumble down and the sun go down, if a new moon of love is rising to take us forward. However if we decide we are not going backward, we will see ourselves moving forward. A poem ringing with hope! ! (Report) Reply

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