I scrimp and scratch

To bleed words onto paper

A tragic and drastic hope

To have said something


You speak from your throne

A perfect and practiced tone

The well-written lines of time

Twined in smoothness like silk


But if I can reach one ear

Leave something more behind

Just the smallest of changes

In just the slightest of lives


You reach for the masses

Speak to the classes

Grand ideals the siren call

A kernel to lead the chaff


In sound bite and flickered glow

You have spoken a million words

Fate seen to by history

If your words do not deceive


Mine will yellow in a binder

On an unknown shelf

Fate seen to by mystery

These words that I believe


But of all the differences

The most glaring is true

At the end of it all I did

what my words said I would do


23 Responses to “Pontificate”
  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Bravo! Brilliant! You’ve said the most profound truth my friend, if your words do not mean anything, if you do not do what you say, your words are nothing…this is a great poem, and now it has joined the others that I have loved in your repertoire. All the best!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you Francisco! If the politicians would do half of the things they promise, I would be ecstatic! My best to you, dear friend!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        My pleasure my friend, and I agree but I think it’s impossible, you know the fable of the scorpion and the monkey, no?

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Strangely enough, I have not heard the story of the scorpion and the monkey.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Sometimes they change the animals involved but the message is that a scorpion asked a monkey to ferry him across a river and the monkey said “no way!” he was afraid the scorpion would sting him, but finally the scorpion convinced him that it would be safe that he would not harm him, however mid-stream, the scorpion stung the monkey and when the monkey asked him why, reminding him that he had promised not to do so, the scorpion simply replied “it’s in my nature to do that”…
        All the best to you my friend!

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Ahh, the cut worm forgives the plow… Thanks for sharing the story, bro!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        My pleasure my brother!

  2. Your words matter! They matter to each one of us whose lives they cross! Better to have sweated out to change one life in a positive way than never to have tried!

  3. beth says:

    And there is your character holding steady

  4. Jim Borden says:

    yes, to thine own self be true.

    and glad to know that your poems are not just sitting in a binder somewhere…

  5. kristianw84 says:

    More politicians need to take a page from your book! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    It’s hard to understand why some days those words come so much easier than others.

  7. jomz says:

    Action speaks louder than words. Well written!

  8. jupitergrant says:

    There is so much meaning here. Really lovely.

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