A Devil’s Bridge

 

devil-bridge-pic

 

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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