Since the dawn of time we have fought

Millions of lives have been paid, nothing bought

Castles to hold what we deem dear

For having any less our greatest fear


We see ourselves as the elite

Take as much as we can from those we meet

With all the greed that we release

We build a world that will never know peace


All the treasures your hatred yields

And all the blood spilled on foreign fields

Will count for nothing when you’re gone

These are not the things that will make you strong


Strength is not found in what we hold

Not seen in our vaults of silver and gold

Our strength is seen in how we live

The strength of caring, the power to give


19 Responses to “War”
  1. yassy says:

    Great poetry. Awesome stuff. Bravo, Brad.

  2. beth says:

    A beautiful and hopeful ending

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is both haunting and so true. I love the raw honesty in this piece.

    “With all the greed that we release

    We build a world that will never know peace”

    Such a powerful message to those who think material things change us for the better.

    Beautifully written my friend. I applaud your desire to keep our world from war.

    Sending love, hugs and flowers this morning.
    Your friend,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, my dear friend Jonikins! Sending back love on cool breezes and autumn leaves!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Oh what a lovely and inspiring gift. Thank you my friend. I appreciate it especially today. My neck has been hurting an old water skiing accident which ended in cervical surgery ten years later. It acts up from time to time and I have to try not to use my computer too much. So this is a special treat. You have lifted my spirits my kind friend. Love ❤️💕🤗🤗Jonikins

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    You have really impressed me with this one, and that is saying a lot because I have admired your work since I began reading it, but these lines: “Our strength is seen in how we live; The strength of caring, the power to give.” are so true, so real and should be the lesson that every child should leave their schooling years with, engraved in their spirit, their mind, their everyday living. Brilliant and great work my brother…after all, war is something that only those who have been in one know how horrible it is.

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Your timely thoughts about what is strength register with me, Brad. Power is shown in plenty of ways besides militarily.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful final stanza, and so true. well done, Brad!

  7. jupitergrant says:

    Bravo 👏 👏 👏 👏

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