Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Golden Gate



Saturday, dressed as its own dream,
Golden Gate Bridge began
With a veil over its span,
Recalled designs formed
In Joseph Strauss's mind and,
As the day warmed, seemed
To assemble as it did for him--
A poet and engineer who undimmed
A dream and made it appear.

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  1. Huge bridges simply amaze me. The design and the pillars, how they are stabilized, and why we don't sink into the sea--all amazing.

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    1. Susan, It was touted as the 8th wonder of the world in 1939, and after remaining undamaged after the Loma Prieta quake in '89, is still a wonder to me. I TRUST that bridge!

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  2. Symphony of The Golden Gate. It does have a certain sense of poetry.

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    1. I don't know if Joseph was related to the family of illustrious musicians, but his lifelong love of poetic composition doubtless informed the wonderful bridges he engineered. An amazing person!

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  3. ....and when the veil lifts, there is beauty to behold both in structure and in its music.

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  4. Absolutely love the lines
    A poet and engineer who undimmed
    A dream and made it appear.

    The idea of undimming a dream-magical!

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    1. Most kind Tom. One of the joys of poetry is making up verbs. I can only speculate the joy of making up a bridge across the San Francisco Strait.

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  5. I wish I could remember to check your other blogs than just 'Trainride"...
    I've seen pictures of the construction of the GG, started in '36 I think. I've driven across it countless times, walked once, flown directly over a couple times. Only thing I have yet to do is sail under it.
    It's a magical place; seeing the red pillars rising out of the fog, being hit by the sun.

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    1. Indeed magical, and especially so when I think of my parents walking it shortly after they met in 1939. Now I cross it to visit my own sons.

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  6. Thank you for stopping. I've been by here often, enjoying your lift on life.

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    1. Most kind, Joanne. Always welcome!

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