W3 # 42 – A Puente

Tanmay’s prompt guidelines

  1. Write a “Puente” poem;
  2. The middle stanza should contain the title of a song;
    • You can add more words to the middle stanza if you wish.


The form has three stanzas with the first and third having an equal number of lines and the middle stanza having only one line which acts as a bridge (puente) between the first and third stanza. The first and third stanzas convey a related but different element or feeling, as though they were two adjacent territories. The number of lines in the first and third stanza is the writer’s choice as is the choice of whether to write it in free verse or rhyme. 

The center line is delineated by a tilde (~) and has ‘double duty’. It functions as the ending for the last line of the first stanza AND as the beginning for the first line of the third stanza. It shares ownership with these two lines and consequently bridges the first and third stanzas.

I’ve chosen A hard day’s night by Beatles


Dropping shoulders

Aching muscles ready to collapse

Working like an animal in bondage

I curse my luck, complain about my life

What a life this is I think to myself after

~A hard day’s night~

Can rest your weary bones

Give your tired mind a new thought to think

Rejuvenate your soul so that it is

Battle ready the next morning

Rearing to go again


In response to W3 # 42, hosted by David, prompted by Tanmay this week.



62 thoughts on “W3 # 42 – A Puente

  1. An excellent use of the bridge, and choice of song. I love your turn of phrase, and how the depressed inner monologue gets transformed into a pep talk. It works so well with this form. Couldn’t help smile at the end there, breathing in some of that morning energy.

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  2. Sadje, my serious reply is that I love how you split those two sections, and also – I’m sorry that you feel so worn out.

    My not-serious reply is that I totally agree with you ~ blogging all day long gets tiring! 😉


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