Stretching your arms across the river
You held the weight of the steel workers
The foundaries are now dead and buried
Yet The Transporter Bridge does not shirk its responsibilities.
A star of film, myth and legend
A survivor of blitzkrieg bombs
Clawing back a little of our heritage
The Transporter Bridge brings life.
Walking up the bare bones of disused docks
I stride under the Temenos structure
Bisecting shopping streets and the Dinosaur Park
The land beneath us fractures with new life.
A painting by a gold standard Olympian
A view from the university
Muslim, Christian, Chinese, British
Time, like the river, flows freely bridged by steel.
This is a rough draft of a poem for Frosham’s arts festival.