Oh, to look upon the Ha’penny Bridge!

Oh, to look upon the Ha’penny Bridge!
As I course through Dublin’s heart.
From the Quays as passing forms flicker.
Its floating umbrellas
And snowdrift winter shadows.
From O’Connell Bridge at sunset
As its blazing backdrop sinks.
At night,
A shooting star.

Contemplate the Liffey’s mirror image
Of its arc
On a still day.
At one with itself
The two sides of the city
It unites.

We cross with purpose.
In love, in pain, in solitude, in awe.
Across time.
The pathway of life
Beneath its arches.

By Emma Hynes
19th of May 2016

This poem is written to mark the 200th anniversary of Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge.