The early distant edifice defines
the land from bank to bank.
The fields upon its back
reside beyond its lofty parapets;
it holds the sky alone above
as it strides the cyclic waters.
The peopled village, cuddled beneath,
views history from its doorstep;
every stone a reminder of tragedy
when, doomed, the train splintered
its hapless wooden forbear.
From here to there,
bridging from today into tomorrow,
holds within its gift
joy or sorrowin a mystery.