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Bridges

  • I'm sick of seeing and touching / Both sides of things / Sick of being the damn bridge for everybody.

    • Kate Rushin,
    • "The Bridge Poem," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Bridges do sometimes begin on the earth / And end in the sky.

  • Nobody can live on a bridge / or plant potatoes / but it is fine for comings and goings, / meetings, partings and long views / and a real connection to someplace else / where you may / in the crazy weathers of struggle / now and again want to be.

  • Walls turned sideways are bridges.

  • I crossed the bridge that was not there / I am sure it led to nowhere ...

  • Bridges are places where two ways meet, yet never meet. They provide safe conduct but are not built for sanctuary ...

  • The bridge is the most trodden part of the road.

  • My mother, religious-negro, proud of / having waded through a storm, is very obviously, / a sturdy Black bridge that I / crossed over, on.

    • Carolyn M. Rodgers,
    • "It Is Deep (don't never forget the bridge that you crossed over on)," how i got ovah ()
  • She had come to her bridge, and, though it was broken so that she was here again where it started, she had followed it out into the stream and knew what was on the further shore.

  • Let's build bridges here and there / Or sometimes, just a spiral stair ...

    • Georgia Douglas Johnson,
    • "Interracial," in Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, eds., The Poetry of the Negro 1746-1949 ()