Peace Bridge


Rochelle sets us a one hundred word flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, every week.  Come and have a go, if you think you’re bard enough.

A community divided, they said. Not so, said I: two communities, each with a legacy of loathing and mistrust of the other, built on generations and culture, dirty tricks, mindless violence; the creek is just a symbol.
A bridge is what we need, they said. Not so, said I: it will take more, much more, than a bridge to heal these wounds. A bridge is just a waste of money.
There has been a marked increase in violence and bombings since the bridge was opened, they said. You’re right said I; you’d better close the bridge. (96)

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72 Responses to Peace Bridge

  1. iamehsan69 says:

    Bridges were meant to connect two places,two hearts.But its important to blow up bridges sometimes.For example,during war its better to blow up bridges to cut off supplies.

  2. ansumani says:

    Some bridges are not meant to be built. Good one.

  3. rogershipp says:

    Enjoyed the metaphor… I am still debating if the bridge was a good idea? Maybe an idea too soon?

    • micklively says:

      I think that’s the correct interpretation Roger. A bridge can help but you have to already be moving in the right direction.
      Many thanks.

  4. Sometimes when we build a bridge it just destroys healthy boundaries.

  5. This makes me think of those in this country who say that racism is more prevalent now with a black president.

  6. This was a great story. Very poignant, really makes one think about the state of our communities and world today. So many make big statements about resolving certain issues, but fail to consider how all the world struggles with them and the big picture…what it is to be human.

  7. wildbilbo says:

    It’s been mentioned above – but the style you’ve chosen (Statement followed by ‘Not so, said I’) is really effective. Well done.

  8. It seems building the bridge was wishful thinking. Those wounds go too deep for a simple solution. Good narration, Mick. Well written. 🙂 — Suzanne

  9. Sumana Roy says:

    politics can never gap the bridge…sigh…i like the narrator’s voice…

  10. Amy Reese says:

    I liked the voice in this one too, Mick. It reminded me of a fable. I think bridges are hopeful. Maybe they’ll try again when they’ve worked through their issues.

  11. Kalpana solsi says:

    They need a path, a bridge of open mind and tolerance rather than a connecting aisle of cement and mortar.

    Your tale made me see the other side of the bridge. Good piece of writing.

  12. rgayer55 says:

    The Peace Bridge proved to be a poor bandaid for the underlying issues. If people don’t want to get along efforts to force it often fail. I love the style of this piece.

  13. plaridel says:

    perhaps they should learn to meet in the middle. compromise is good.

  14. Bodhirose says:

    Um, so they already have a bridge but they say they need a bridge…and the solution to all their woes is to close the bridge…hmm. Sounds like politics to me…they go round and round and get nowhere.

  15. Too much water under the bridge sometimes.

  16. Very topical and thought provoking. The divide is just too great to cross even with a bridge – metaphorically even though it can literally be done. Well done.

  17. draliman says:

    No easy fix for these two communities. Nicely done.

  18. Margaret says:

    Very thought-provoking. I love the repetition, and the rhythm it sets up. I suspect this isn’t the first time they’ve failed to listen to his voice of reason and wisdom.

  19. Sigh! Much too common these days. One of those times when to be wrong was right.

  20. The bridge that aids the violence. Terrible truth in some locals. Well done!

  21. Dale says:

    I liked the narrative style. It was almost musical!

  22. Why do we try to mend bullet wounds with bandages? Great story with loads of lessons.

  23. Sometimes it’s lovely to be proven right; sometimes not so much. Well done.

  24. This is such a pessimistic piece – yet it reflects real life in so many ways, literally and metaphorically.

  25. ceayr says:

    Nicely crafted piece, Mick, works well.

  26. He knew the “real” problem wasn’t something a bridge could fix. Maybe if they had listened to him he might have come up with a solution.

  27. misskzebra says:

    I like a narrator you’ve created. I think placing the story from the perspective of your wise character was a good choice.

  28. It is not the bridge that is the problem, but what stands on it’s both sides. Good one.

  29. Bridges can bring you in or they can take you out. Perhaps this one can have the desired effect eventually.

  30. I like how this is literally about ‘building bridges’. I think they should keep trying. Nice story.

  31. Maybe there are lots of things before building the bridge… maybe i see some parallels to what is happening in EU now.

  32. k rawson says:

    Some bridges are better not crossed, I guess. Good one.

  33. Interesting take. They didn’t do their research properly and he was proven right after all.

  34. Dear Mick,

    It sounds like they should have left ‘well enough’ alone. Good story.



  35. Sandra says:

    What is it they say about a prophet in his own country? Really liked the ‘voice’ in this, quite statesmanlike. Good one.

    • micklively says:

      I don’t know what they say about a prophet in his own country: I’ll have to look that one up.
      Many thanks for your feedback Sandra.

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