Standing in a group near Bookham
Touring the history of the town
The tour guide spoke of the men that were hanged from the bridge.
We walked slowly up the timber planks and listened to the creaking of the old structure.
They were stood along here for taking cattle
And stealing supplies from a farmer’s hut.
A rope was tied to their necks
And then they were kicked over the edge.
I looked at the bridge closely; the timber was dry and full of holes,
The steel thick with red crust,
But the view was beautiful.
A small river wound its way through the rocks and trees below,
then disappeared Into a blue haze.
The country opened up like a jeweled book.
I wondered if the beauty around them
Played on the men’s minds.
The terror that took place in a landscape of marvel,
A universe that captivates and kills.