Repentant Stare



Our sullied sins, the less known

An echoed demonic baritone

In last rite, a mourning dirge

Forbidden knowledge given purge


The grating sound of fatal gasp

Tears shine away like mirrored rasp

There in the hour of greatest need

The life we led, plagued memory


In crimson crawls our tainted blood

Scant barrier to the coming flood

With dirty feet, holy ground trod

We fear the face of a knowing god


Each bad thought and darkest whim

Burrows its way out from within

All the things that only we know

With the silence that made them grow


The sunken and the shallow eyes

Must reconcile the mistakes and lies

No matter the evils that it may spur

We face the person we know we were




18 Responses to “Repentant Stare”
  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Wow! Powerful! And so true! The premise of this tremendous poem is something that I truly believe in…incredibly good writing my dear friend! This is great!

  2. beth says:

    yes, that moment of truth. no hiding from it. excellent writing, brad.

  3. Brad, this is so sensual. Yet
    “With dirty feet, holy ground trod
    We fear the face of a knowing god”
    A gorgeous mixture of beauty, sensuality, and divinity (as a punishing element?)
    I love this poem.
    Enjoy the rest of your day my friend.

  4. kristianw84 says:

    I have lost count of how many times I have read this. Everytime I try to leave a comment my words fall short. I think partly it’s because I’m in my own head and another part is I feel like you have seen into my soul and wrote the words I have written there. Suddenly the song “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” hits so close to home. Maybe I need to write a poem called “Killing Me Softly With His Poetry.”

  5. Jim Borden says:

    regrets, I’ve had a few…

  6. Angelilie says:

    I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Angelilie! You are so very kind and gracious with your words. I will certainly make time to visit your world and look forward to what it holds. Take care!

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