poetry and prose about place

ceiling of stars

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gaps in the roof, Smyth Covered Bridge, April, 2015



ceiling of stars

(Smyth Covered Bridge – South Oromocto River #2)


left to the years

to frost heaves, wind

and winter storms

the roof-skin peels



crisscross layers

gaps between boards

shape tiny squares

and sunlight spills



afternoon stars


and raindrops ooze

saucepans to catch

the drips


deafening, would

scare swallows, field

mice, snowshoe hares

and spiders, all




Copyright 2015 Jane Tims 



Smyth Covered Bridge, Mill Settlement, New Brunswick



Written by jane tims

April 22, 2015 at 7:32 am

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  1. Wonderful poem, Jane, and I think the stars are beautiful. I hope there is a way to fix the bridge and keep the stars. 🙂

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    April 29, 2015 at 8:53 am

    • Hi Robin. I read that DOT has a goal of gradually re-roofing all the covered bridges with shingles … Sometimes the value of our posts is to capture a moment that is soon gone forever. Jane


      jane tims

      April 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

  2. I love your poem Jane. The last stanza almost sounds like the little scampering footsteps of the animals. Such a shame that they can’t fix the bridge but keep the stars!



    April 23, 2015 at 4:37 am

    • Hi Stephanie. I’m sure they will fix the bridge. But how to keep the stars? Jane


      jane tims

      April 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

  3. I appreciate the wistfulness of all of the images of things passing away and away. The line which speaks of “afternoon stars constellations” is brilliant. Thanks for sharing photos and poetry. As always, it is a delight to be the recipient of your creativity.

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    Carol Steel

    April 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    • Hi Carol. Thanks for your words. The roof was a bit of a surprise and quite lovely to behold but if they don’t fix the roof, the value of having a covered bridge is lost!


      jane tims

      April 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm

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