Noted Envy



I have always envied musician’s gift

As their melodies and harmonies lift

The spirit of the ones that lucky hear

Their sounds echoing in searching ear


Just seven notes of heptatonic scale

Where the majors sing and the minors wail

Is all they need to create their fine art

Nuance is found in the harmonized part


If you were to give me just seven words

The hope for a poem would seem absurd

It could not compare to the notes they write

Musical vibrations of great delight


The tiny black dots with their funny tails

The clef and rests dotting the five-line scale

And when your magic finally complete

The hook snares the mind, heard in repeat


Oh, how I wish I had that set of skills

Noting the enchanting by just sheer will

But a million words will never compare

To feelings felt in the musical air


I cannot find a way to disparage

My only hope a lyrical marriage

The wedding of your music and my words

The only hope that my words will be heard




21 Responses to “Noted Envy”
  1. beth says:

    i have always wished to have musical talent, too! great ode to music and the people who make it –

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I am always so enamored by people who can do things I can’t. I sometimes wonder if they appreciate their talent as much as I covet it. Thanks for reading and commenting, Beth! Have a happy and safe Easter! 🐇

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Music is the language of the heart, the soul and the universal communicator…lovely poem Brad…and all it takes is to sit in front of a piano and begin to practise…music will flow intuitively, as we all have music within. All the best,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      It may not be obvious, but it was you I had in mind when I wrote this. I am always so jealous of your artistic talents with brush and note. I wanted to say thank you for making our world a more beautiful place to live in. Best wishes, dear friend!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        I am truly touched. Thank you! I am always expecting something magnificent from your words, your poems, thoughts, teachings and I am always quite satisfied. You are a master and I truly have learned much from you. Thank you so much Brad!
        All the best,

      • Brad Osborne says:

        And you have taught me much in return. I know, see, and feel things differently because the beauty you share with the world. It makes me happy to think that I may have returned that kindness in some small way. You are a blessing to my world!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Truly feel humbled by your words and greatly appreciate your friendship. You are a great writer and most certainly an influence and a blessing in my world as well!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Wow!! This is amazing, Brad! Okay I think this is my new favorite (for the next day or two before it changes again.) I related to this one. Music IS my life pretty well, and writing of course. I play music (I played 6 different instruments in high school.) Now I dabble with 2, and am trying to learn another. But I listen to it every day. I don’t know if a day has gone by where I didn’t listen to music. I love how you flow your words together, one stanza flows into the next one, as if it belonged there all along, any other combination of words just wouldn’t have fit, and it takes someone with deep emotions to write such flowing poetry. I think that’s why I love reading you, because I can feel you. I love music, books, poems, and things I can feel, things that have soul. Very beautiful and touching! 😍😍😍

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I didn’t think it was possible, but your generous words made an old man blush. It thrills my heart to think that my words can convey so much. I, too, am musically inclined and play a number of instruments, but my skills were always mediocre at best, so expression was left to the written word where there is less competition, though no less failure. If I had spent as much time playing, as I did writing, who knows where that may have led. You are a true Renaissance woman and I thank you sincerely for your uplifting and gracious words. You are too kind, too generous with you praise, and too easy to love back! Thank you for that! ❤❣❤💕❣

      • kristianw84 says:

        You’re far from old, and I get that. I’m really good on the marimba, and if I had the opportunity, I would probably be playing in a symphony somewhere, but they are very expensive and my parents couldn’t buy me one, (I don’t blame them, at the time they were $8,000. A real marimba is made from rose wood, which is rare,) so I went with my second love, the clarinet. I’m decent, I mean, I can play and people don’t cover their ears, but I wish I could play like Benny Goodman. It’s my pleasure. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. ❤💋❤💋

  4. Jim Borden says:

    Hi Brad, I always think of poets and songwriters being one and the same. I think many of your poems could be set to music; I think you’ve done the hard part!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      There is an obvious connection, but I think my writing is the easy part. I have a million words to choose from and the musician only has the seven notes of the scale to work with. The bane for both is finding something people haven’t heard before. Thanks Jim! I always look forward to your comments.

  5. Such beautiful selection of words. Amazing poem.

  6. in says:


    nicely written!

  7. jupitergrant says:

    I never fail to be amazed by your talent, as well as those of musicians!

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