How to Make a Bridge                      by Matthew Manning

One person must decide the need for a bridge.
This person has to go out into the day, ignore walls,Matthew Manning Photo
and fight needless suffering.

Annie tells me that the dragonflies are low,
begins to pack, and tells me to come on.


Don’t you know that means rain is coming?
Frogs may come out from where they hide,
and you might be able to smell it, but the best way
is to watch the dragonflies.

We pack and walk, the first on the sidewalk
toward our car, me close behind her. The rain comes,
of course, all rush to pack, children yelp and parents
struggle and huff. All follow us, Annie first,
me closest to her, the others coming but far behind.


Matthew David Manning holds degrees in creative writing from Arizona State University and PSU. His poetry has appeared various publications including I-70 Review, Red Paint Hill, Rust + Moth, Kansas Time + Place, and Chiron Review.

Guest Editor Laura Lee Washburn is a University Professor, the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10thAnniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize).  Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Cavalier Literary Couture, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth LetterThe SunRed Rock Review, and Valparaiso Review.  Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has also lived and worked in Arizona and in Missouri.  She is married to the writer Roland Sodowsky and is one of the founders and the Co-President of the Board ofSEK Women Helping Women.

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