Shaping Our World



Far flung to every corner

Of a world we love so dear

As global spirit shares in

An overwhelming fear


As days ahead seem darkened

And time slows to a crawl

We finally share a problem

That affects us one and all


Now we see the things that bind

A ribbon through humanity

The common course of mankind

Found in our shared frailty


Let us hope this learning stays

When enemy runs its course

For if we can’t change our minds

The next fight could be much worse


Hold strong to the things you love

All the things you want to last

For our future they become

When the threat becomes the past


My greatest fear in these times

Is when we return to good old days

We’ll put commonality out of mind

And act in our same old ways


Please don’t let this happen

These chances are so rare

To build a better place to live

In a world that truly cares


We need to treat each person

As if they were a friend

For how we act in this moment

Is who we are in the end




33 Responses to “Shaping Our World”
  1. So on point! My thoughts go back to 9/11 and how we as a nation all pulled together, one for the other. My fear is that, once such an important event in this country’s history, those positive feelings we had for our fellow man slacked off – and our country is even more divided than ever. I do hope this lesson to the world will be long-lasting, but I honestly don’t think it will permanently change how we view each other once it’s over, just like 9/11.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I agree with you. I worry that our renewed sense of community will die a lingering death. In fact, some people’s initial hoarding of items would show just the opposite of what we hope would be a sense of common struggle. It is the world we live in and I feel it may never change! Love you, sis! ❤

  2. beth says:

    beautiful sentiments. i am hopeful that we will be changed for the better.

  3. Beautiful the way you have pennes

  4. kristianw84 says:

    This is so inspirational!! I worry about that too, we’ll go back to the way we’ve all done things, and this lesson will have been for naught.

  5. Really we should learn from this experience and evolve better.
    Such thoughtful poem beautifully expressed.

  6. yassy says:

    So beautifully written , it brought tears to my eyes. Can’t say anything more, too overwhelmed by the wisdom you share.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    a beautiful poem for our times and a hopeful message for our future; well done, Brad. Have a great weekend; stay safe and healthy!

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    Very touching sentiments. Why does it take a pandemic for some to realize that despite our differences in ethnicity, religion, and skin tone, we’re united through humanity?

    • Brad Osborne says:

      It has always taken a crisis for us to see our world differently. We can only hope a renewed perspective will remain when it’s over. Thanks for all the support, Pete!

  9. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Yes, I quite agree, my friend, I hope after all this passes we do not go back to our old ways, that we evolve into better human beings. These words are very real and very well put:
    “Now we see the things that bind
    A ribbon through humanity
    The common course of mankind
    Found in our shared frailty…”
    Wonderful poem, with such strong images and such a powerful and important message. I greatly admire your work Brad. You are a true artist.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Francisco! Your words mean a lot to me and are much appreciated. Your mastery of artful expression gives your words great weight and my heart great joy!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Thank you and you are very welcome, my friend, your words are always precise and perfect and it is a joy to read your poetry. Always a pleasure!

  10. jupitergrant says:

    Amen! Beautifully put xx

  11. Geri Lawhon says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I fear that after this passes, that it will be forgotten until the next crisis. History repeats itself.

  12. Geri Lawhon says:

    We must be bad students, because we do not seem to learn anything.

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