Just Dust



Your love is like dust now

Just small remnants that remain

Scattered thoughts and images

Floating inside my brain


And no matter how I try

To clean each shiny surface

You always seem to return

As if you have some purpose


With each fallen particle

You dull my chance to shine

A drab, gray covering

In the corners of my mind


Each hurtful phrase ingrained

And each lie in light revealed

Makes a wish for my heart

To be sequestered and sealed


Yet daily I must tend to you

And all the things you said

A cleaning and clearing out

Feared build up in my head


If cleanliness is Godliness

Then close as I will get

Constant cleaning up your mess

Not tired of just yet


So, I put in my good works

Pay the labor that is due

The penance, the unseen perks

Of my once loving you




8 Responses to “Just Dust”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    well said, as always! I can’t remember if I’ve asked this before, but when you sit down to write your poem, do you tell yourself in advance that you are going to use a certain rhyme scheme, like abab? Or do you just go where the poem leads you, and work from there?

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Jim! Great question. I don’t know that I ever pick a rhyme scheme unless I am writing to a specifically defined form. If the poem is seeded by a specific line or two, the rhyme scheme is sometimes set already. If not, within the first stanza or so of writing to a given subject, I allow a scheme to emerge. I had to really think about that because no one has ever asked the question and I don’t know that I have ever gave it much thought, as I am usually just happy that some words come at all. Happiest of Holidays to you and your family!

      • Jim Borden says:

        I enjoy learning about a writer’s thought process, so thanks for the insight. And best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and happy holiday season!

  2. gopennst8 says:

    I think many people may feel this way about first/lost loves. Beautifully written. You never cease to impress, Brad. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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