Bridge Builder Poem

By on October 29, 2005 -- Modified on December 13, 2017

The Bridge Builder Poem

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you a bridge at the eventide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”

Author: Will Allen Dromgoole

I have always liked this poem. I first saw it when I began building bridges 6 years ago.

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2 thoughts on “Bridge Builder Poem”

  1. There was a picture with this poem I seen many years ago. As I remember it was a blck & white sckech of a revine, a bridge, the old man on one side and a young man on the other. Have you ever seen it and know where I might find it???

    Thanks
    Tim

    By Tim -- February 18, 2011
    • Tim, unfortunately I do not know where you could find that picture.

      By Garrett Boon -- February 20, 2011

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