Cross over the bridge.
Take the money and run.
Spend like there’s no tomorrow.
Grab the gusto.
Go whole hog.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
It’s not my fault.
To err is human.
They made me do it.
All things must come to an end.
Hit rock bottom.
Abandon all hope.
Reach the end of your rope.
This place is a pig’s sty.
Misery loves company.
Beggars can’t be choosers.
Turn over a new leaf.
Put the past behind you.
Eat humble pie.
There’s no place like home.
Cross back over the bridge.
Welcome home the prodigal child.
The one who was lost has been found.


Photo while crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Camden, New Jersey.
This is a re-telling of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32 along with inspiration from the song “Cross Over The Bridge” written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss, 1945, later a hit by Patti Page in 1954.

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Comments from readers

Roberta wrote:
You are the Poet. If I were, I wouldn’t write more than a couple of lines. But not “sayings.” The photo sort of speaks for itself, and it makes me a little giddy, but in a good way. It doesn't make me think of any of the dire and bummer words below. Gee willikers!! [Danny replied: I too love the vibrancy of the photo and I agree the photo is much more upbeat than the words below, except that the words end with the prodigal child re-crossing the bridge and being welcomed back home. This is a re-telling of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32. My poem also harkens to a song popularized by Patti Page, “Cross Over The Bridge”, a song about someone who forgets the rules of love, breaking hearts, being redeemed, leaving your reckless way of living and your fickle past behind you, resisting temptation. The song was written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss in 1945 and was a hit by Patti Page in 1954.]

Katherine wrote:
Thank you Danny. It's awesome to receive since I'm in the process of releasing the last book, "Will you cross a bridge? Color me bridge”. Photo and poem are a blessing. Thank you!

Rosemary wrote:
Love it! Can just see you smiling as you wrote it.

Tom wrote:
Great frenetic photo for the story of a mixed up young man, and a great re-telling of that story!

Julie wrote:
Lovely and very profound. We have all been that prodigal child at one time or another. And many of us have finally come home.

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