Leave Us



Leave behind no unshed tear

No regret, no unfaced fear

No unspoken end of day

No remorse for what you say


Leave no trace of race not run

No ghost of dreams gone undone

No love left that was not spent

No mistakes made permanent


Leave no echo of harsh word

No helping phrase left unheard

No vow so ready spoken

No oath so easy broken


Leave no shadow left in strife

No visage of wanted life

No glare of an ego shown

No seed of hope left unsown


Leave no tear upon a face

No love unfelt by embrace

No valor given remiss

No poison in loving kiss


Leave nothing here of need

No charity beat by greed

No knee bent in poor service

No good deeds less good purpose


Leave no gold to see us through

No word said lest it be true

No feeling left undefined

No wish for the left behind


Leave us all the better things

The joy that life, lived well, brings

For they are the blessed parts

Of our unforgetting hearts




27 Responses to “Leave Us”
  1. Isha says:

    My new favorite ❤️

  2. yassy says:

    Great rhyme and reason 😊

  3. What a gorgeous poem, Brad. It made my morning really beautiful 💐💝🌸

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Gabriela! That means a lot to me. Isn’t that all any poet can hope for? 💕

      • My pleasure Brad.
        See, I don’t know what other poets hope for but my love for your poems is always with you. Please know that.

      • Brad Osborne says:

        My hope is to touch another with my words. And, for me, you are a consistent reminder that they, not only can, but do. And your love for my words is returned to you in love for your being and your words! You are the constant breeze to a windless world! ❤

      • Ah, Brad, this is so kind of you to say. I’ll strive to always be worthy of the pedestal you put me on with your beautiful words.

      • Brad Osborne says:

        It is not some wild-eyed pedestal I have built that I see you from. It is the mountain of your writing success that causes me to look up to you. And you have already been deemed forever worthy of that place in your reader’s lives.

      • Oh, Brad, you made me blush. You are so kind. I am still working hard. I am not there yet.

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Nicely put Brad your words and phrases are beautiful. In a perfect world we would all live this way. Lovely. Have a blessed and wonderful day. Love 💕 Joni

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Joni! It may be an idealistic supposition, but all wishes are. You have a great day too! Sending my love in return! ❤

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Oh yes it is idealistic but isn’t that what we yearn for and write about. We poets write often about what romantics dream for or what we wish we could be and you do it well Brad. 💕💕Have a blessed day my friend. Hugs too.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    wow; this is just beautiful. Seems like it should be handed out at graduations and funerals…

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Beautiful poem, Brad, just lovely…
    “Leave no gold to see us through
    No word said lest it be true
    No feeling left undefined
    No wish for the left behind” These verses really spoke to me as did the rest of the verses. The thought, the intention is precise and the words are perfect. Loved this poem!
    All the best,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Francisco! You are too kind! Hope you and yours are well and happy on your side of the world!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Thank you Brad. I hope the same for you and yours and that you have a lovely Thursday, the middle of the week, and a great weekend!
        All the best and my greetings from Spain,

  7. Beautifully written, it has the so called muse, rhythm and it has a pleasant vibe to it. You are the best 😊👌

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    Outstanding, Brad! I wish I had your eloquence. No regrets have been my mantra for the past few decades.

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