The darkness is so rife

On a moonless night

I’ve come to take a life

Hidden from the light


No safety where you hide

And dawn still far away

I’ll wait here, just outside

And you will die today


For that is my given task

And the skills that I employ

It is a lot for one to ask

And nothing I enjoy


But this my ready skill

Serving cherished home

I wait so very still

A bullet for your dome


Your fate is left to me

And now I lie so near

From a place you’ll never see

Comes the sound you’ll never hear




19 Responses to “Sniper”
  1. The sound and the impact we’ll never expect until it’s too late. Great poem, Brad

  2. beth says:

    emotion is removed from the equation, and what is left is just a skill set and a job

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I can’t imagine how hard it must be to pull that trigger…

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad I did not know you were a sniper. While I am sure you were skilled and served your Country with great honor and excellent skill I am sure there was also a great personal price that came with such an incredible responsibility.

    I have and will always admire our men and women who serve and have served our Country. I admire what my father gave his Country and the amazing price he paid along with his family. He retired from the military.

    I look forward to a time when there are no more guns, no more wars, no more missing in action, and no more injured service men and women.

    Thank you for your service Brad and this amazing piece of writing. God bless you my friend. Thank you for your tremendous sacrifice as well. With an amazing friend who just retired two years ago as a Colonel, I know that men and women don’t join to get rich. They truly want to do their part.

    Although I abhor war and the lives lost and those lives changed forever whether their wounds are visible or not, I am grateful for each and every service men and women.

    Brad I truly hope you will submit this piece of writing to the Ft. Bragg Newspaper, and any other publication that honors our veterans and active service men and women.

    Forgive the long comment but even if you were to write back and say you weren’t a sniper which I doubt is the case, you write beautiful poetry and this is one of your best pieces.

    Respectfully and with love,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Joni! I did serve as a sniper with Marine Recon. I am proud of my service, but like you I could easily live in a world where violence had no home. I appreciate your commenting and salute to our veterans. Maybe someday I will get around to fishing it out for publication. I always appreciate your support and kind words! Much love to you, Jonikins!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Such a beautiful piece of work Brad. Trust me any military related newspaper would be proud to have that in their newspaper. It touched my heart deeply and I know for those in the military they would be blessed to read it. Anyway thank you for sharing something so personal. Thank you again for your service. Much love right back to you Brad. ❤️💕😘Jonikins

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Chilling! There is nothing in my background that would help me understand how hard it must be to realize another person’s life is about to end. Your powerful words accomplished that.

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    One shot one kill! Semper Fi my brother!

  7. You are a sniper of poetry well, you set eyers on every grain of knowledge in this world and kill with your awesome writing. Amazing Brad 😊

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