A Centrifugal Life


I have not past the horizon just yet

To peer long over the edge of exist

The scant barrier between now and when

The undone left as only the wished


There are unknown miles to journey

But I can see that place from where I stand

A distant shore that siren calls to me

And the finality found upon its sands


Oh, that I could, be centered again

Childlike eyes seeing only light

Where youthful distance sees no end

And looking back bears little sight


But we are given centrifugal lives

Constantly spinning around the sun

Forces pushing us to final finite end

Where we learn what our lives have spun


If I get there before you, please know

That I stepped over that edge unafraid

I was grateful for living a beautiful life

In the countless revolutions I made


24 Responses to “A Centrifugal Life”
  1. Don’t you dare get there before me! But seriously, what a great take on the revolutions around the sun that only become ‘real’ to us when we are old enough to give up the myth that we’re going to live for ever. Like you, I’m learning to live the rest of my years without regret.

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Life changes as we change…thoughts venture towards areas and things that were never thought of before and we find comfort in knowing of our existence, the things we’ve done, or not done, and the blessings that lay before us. Every day is a lifetime…wonderful poem my friend,
    Take good care,

  3. beth says:

    Me too, though I do suffer from vertigo from time to time )

  4. Brad Osborne says:

    Too funny! Have a great weekend, Beth!

  5. SRIKANTH says:

    You write well Brad ! Great imagination! 👍🤝

  6. sudrakarma says:

    I love the idea of a cosmic centrifugal force flinging us into void when our desperate fingers, at last, can hold on no longer. Well done, Brad.

  7. kristianw84 says:

    Such a beautiful reminder that not a endings are tragic. I don’t like to imagine a world without you in it, but it’s a comforting thought, to know you faced the end without fear. Beautifully written, as always. ❤

  8. jupitergrant says:

    Oh, Brad, this is stunning. Profound and beautiful 💜 Bravo 👏👏👏

  9. jonicaggiano says:

    This is beautifully crafted Brad.

    Childlike eyes seeing only light

    Where youthful distance sees no end

    And looking back bears little sight”

    So much truth about living life and being grateful and ready for where it takes us.
    Have an amazing evening my friend. Hugs and love ❤️ Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Jonikins! You are such an appreciated and consistent supporter. I will never be able to thank you enough!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Your work is beautiful Brad and it is always my pleasure to read it. I am amazed at the volume of work you can put out in a week and the quality. You certainly have a unique gift being able to make any poetic style sound so beautiful and intriguing. Sending you lots of wishes for love and happy days ahead. Joni

  10. Athira says:

    Amazing..wonderful poem👏🏻👍🏻

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