The Guardian Of The Bridge

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

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The Guardian Of The Bridge


He sits there and surveys the land around,

and I can’t help thinking

that he’s acting as a guardian.


Like a lion or tiger

that has somehow become reduced in size

but has remained oblivious

to his smaller stature,

he will decide who will walk across

and who will not.


I stoop down and stroke his head

and that moment has passed

for now he’s back to being a cat,

my cat.

He twines around my ankles before

escorting me across.


But later on I see him,

in the dimming light,

once more seated there on the far side.

An optical illusion, perhaps,

but for amoment I see him as wild,

as fierce,

as my friendly feline

has metamorphosed and is

back to being the Guardian of the Bridge.

Submitted: May 23, 2020

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Mike S.

How cats view themselves quite often--excellent, Hull!

Sat, May 23rd, 2020 7:23pm


You could well be right there, Mike. Thanks for reading.

Sun, May 24th, 2020 12:27pm

88 fingers

That is so true. Cats stand guard and survey their territory. We just happen to be part of it.

Sat, May 23rd, 2020 7:31pm


Yes! It can feel just like that sometimes. Thanks, 88.

Sun, May 24th, 2020 12:28pm

moa rider

Cats have their own set of rules, don't the Mama Hullabaloo. Usianguke.

Sat, May 23rd, 2020 9:28pm


They do. I read somewhere that all cats have ASD, making them very individual. Thanks for reading, Moa.

Sun, May 24th, 2020 12:30pm

Melancholic Wisdom

This actually took me a little of guard, I was expecting this to be about one of those trolls that live under bridges but turns out it's just a cat XD. Which honestly that's probably how cats feel when they're standing in your way. Nice work, Hully, definitely has wonderful imagery

Sun, May 24th, 2020 4:54am


Thanks, MW. I have four, and sometimes it can really feel like they are escorting me.

Sun, May 24th, 2020 12:36pm

Sue Harris

Cats are mysterious, independent animals, they choose when to be a pet and when not to be. This poem is a great example of their many faceted personalities, Hully.

Sun, May 24th, 2020 7:36pm


Thanks so much, Sue. If I try and go for a walk along the road one or other of mine will follow and make me turn back.

Mon, May 25th, 2020 12:02pm

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