A Life In Chrome


The garage wall holds all the photos

Of every car I have ever owned

Framed by the roaded memories

Life reflected in shiny chrome


The make and the models have changed

With the passing of all these years

To fit what was wanted then

A required shifting of my gears


The flashy paint and speed to spare

A common theme throughout my youth

For I was young and ready to run

And faster cars seen as the proof


A youthful look with the sleekest lines

In racing green and fire engine red

Something with a little growl

That can turn a woman’s head


Then as my life intertwined

Leading to love and family

Something with a bit more room

For a middle-aged grand prix


Mid-life leads us to mid-size

Four doors now instead of two

Lesser engines and less chrome

Wrapped in a more subtle hue


Now in the latter years of life

With the kids out on their own

The most luxurious sedan is want

To carry these weary bones


No need for speed or flashy looks

It is comfort that wins over style

A sweet, smooth ride with classic lines

To drive the last of my long miles


One empty spot has yet to be filled

By something much less fast

A photo of my hearse will hang there

When that mile has been my last


21 Responses to “A Life In Chrome”
  1. SRIKANTH says:

    Brilliant poetry Osborne ! But a sad ending ! Well it’s the last mile for everyone 👍🤝

  2. I do not want to think about that “last vehicle”! But this poem is eloquent and true and I loved it!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I loved this one! Sleek curves, bright paint, and a deep growl will forever raise my brow, turnmy head, and rev my own engine, I think. That last stanza brought a tear to my eye though. Beautifully written, as always.

  4. Jim Borden says:

    a wonderful look at the journey of life through the cars we own; great job, Brad!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    One for those of us who enjoy our vehicles. I think so many others can relate. I remember all my vehicles, but especially the first-a 1972 pumpkin orange Chevy Nova (the most God awful color, but I loved it!)

  6. kyleoyier says:

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  7. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Brilliant! You’ve quite a way with words my friend, a way that places the perfect word, creating the precise image and guiding us to a logical conclusion, to the human condition, to the only certainty we have in life. Great work!

  8. Kalvin Cinco says:

    Wow! I like how well thought out this is! You’ve woven a good story out of carefully picked words. A good piece!

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