Shine On



Let loose the light in strident strands

As faint as the scent of gardened rose

Far flung to isle of wave-kissed sands

Where a beauty in silence grows


Entrench each nest and narrowed home

In the shimmer of shadows cast

And in the lilt of heavy known

Feed us with our great repast


The rotten wood of shared decay

The stench of time that has well past

Each dawn of hope held in sun’s ray

Dreams hard wishing and steadfast


Wash away the shed salient tears

As blessings bathe the arid heart

Fortified from our wanton fears

Strength in the translucent art


Let slip your love in even glow

Beaconed light upon your face

Fill this, the only world I know

With the countenance of your grace




30 Responses to “Shine On”
  1. Matt P says:

    πŸ’— Wow! This is what I’m talking about the ‘playing with words’ thing, Brad.

  2. beth says:

    this is magic

  3. After a long time going through your posts. It’s like opening a wonderful book. Don’t get overwhelmed if you find too many comments Brad 😊. And I started with a brilliant one..

  4. WildHeart says:

    Such an enchanting poetry! β£οΈπŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’•

  5. kristianw84 says:

    You certainly have a way with words, my dear. And just when I think you couldn’t possibly enchant me anymore, you ALWAYS get me with those endings. You end a poem so masterfully. How are you not famous? This is so magical! πŸ€©πŸ’–

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I am famous! The admiration of one beautiful woman should be enough fame for any man ❀ Thank you for your words. For me the ending is everything. My favorites of my own writings are always the ones where they hit you like a hammer in the end. Sometimes it is a twist of emotion, an unexpected perspective or result, or as simple as beautiful words the bring a saga to close. The last stanza, sometimes the last lines are what stick in the reader’s head and is remembered. The best poems start with the last two lines! Love you back big time πŸ’•πŸ₯°

      • kristianw84 says:

        Aww. 😍😍 You are far too kind. But I absolutely adore you! I agree, endings are everything. They can make or break a poem and you have a special talent for incredible endings. I always look forward to reading your work. It’s how I start my mornings now! β€πŸ˜πŸ€—

      • Brad Osborne says:

        After coffee I assume…πŸ˜πŸ˜€ You know me, I am all about happy endings

      • kristianw84 says:

        No. I read it before or while I am making coffee. I usually comment after a few sips. In case you haven’t caught on. I’m not the liveliest first thing in the morning. 🀣🀣 Who doesn’t enjoy a happy ending?

      • Brad Osborne says:

        No, I got that. πŸ˜πŸ˜€ Always a solid plan.

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Very beautiful! And what an ending to such strong verses, rather melancholic tone but very engaging. Great work my friend. All the best and stay safe

  7. yassy says:

    Masterpiece !! A literary gem from you , Brad.

  8. Jim Borden says:

    “isle of wave-kissed sands”. I want to go to there!

    another beauty, Brad!

  9. Such beautiful words intricately webbed. Loved reading it.

  10. Oh, Brad. This is so unbelievable.
    “Wash away the shed salient tears
    As blessings bathe the arid heart
    Fortified from our wanton fears
    Strength in the translucent art”
    My heart wants to stay in your verses. Here you are the poet of the art.
    Sending you lots of hugs.

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