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Jose Padua: Walking the Bridge with My Young Daughter in the Late American Spring

If we were walking over the Brooklyn Bridge,
the voice I’d be hearing might be Lena Horne’s,
but we’re walking over the Key Bridge
from Virginia into DC so the voice is probably
Marvin Gaye’s and the song “What’s Going On,”
and with the water below us and boats floating
like slow footsteps toward the distance,
I’m thinking about motion and flight,
and though we aren’t flying we’re high,
and we’re not really walking over the bridge
as I told my daughter we’re walking on the bridge
because if we could walk through the bridge
as she mentioned we’d be able to walk
through traffic, too, and save time and be
fine and be fast and be pretty much invincible,
but we can’t and we aren’t, so we’re on the
bridge and walking to the other side and I’m
holding my daughter’s hand all the way
hearing one song or another over the sound
of traffic, the clamor of cities, and other conflicts
and we’re stepping lightly, interrupting the noise
and pledging our allegiance to nothing but the
warm air until our feet are on solid ground again.

Copyright 2016 Jose Padua

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“Maggie” — Photograph by Jose Padua

One comment on “Jose Padua: Walking the Bridge with My Young Daughter in the Late American Spring

  1. anisioluiz2008
    June 13, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    Liked by 1 person

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