Poems of the Week

Building Bridges

by Steven Kent

“Rotterdam to Partly Dismantle Historic Bridge for Jeff Bezos’s Superyacht”
The Guardian

I like to think that I’m a guy who’s always building bridges
(Though I define it differently than most),
But this one isn’t tall or wide enough by several smidges,
Which means my boat can’t make it to the coast.

I’m in five hundred million on this One Percent construction,
A tidy sum, I think you’d have to say.
So history be Rotterdamned—I mean to see reduction,
And I’ll write checks until I get my way.