Posted by: Ron DuBour | April 15, 2018

Bridge of Sighs~by Paul Lenzi



Bridge of Sighs


“Bridge of Sighs” by John Singer Sargent

stones suspended in air

final passage for

secular sinners

in quail of departing

from all that is beautiful

sounding their last sobbing

breaths of contrition

their last rueful look at

pained visions of lives

barely dreamed

never lived

too late for a rectitude

leaving vain squander

en route to an airless

and deathless ignominy

bleak are the endings

imagined while crossing

from palace to prison

indifference expressed

by the masonry sentinels

mascaron faces who

watch life and love

pass beneath the despair

upon waters the doge

has commanded to flow

serene lifeblood in

day to day course of

enlightened republic

ingenious canalways

that temper the tides

wash the unsettling sound

of these sighs

out to sea


  1. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

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