A Devil’s Bridge




Throughout our world is granite proof

Of the devil’s hand:


Bridges too ancient to have used

The techniques of man,


To manipulate the stone itself

To hold in place;


The mass of rock impossible

To bear its weight


Across an impassible gulf,

A dream too wide.


A fiendish architect had to abet

This treacherous lane,


To construct this path on earth: to pave

The mortar in these stones,


The devil’s hand, they say, was in it.

Man sold his soul


To lease a bridge which still demands

The greatest toll.



Short little piece on devil’s bridges. I am not convinced by the folkloric claims myself, but it certainly adds an air of mystery to them. Pictured is the Rakotzbrücke in Germany, a particularly fairytale-like example. 


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