Oh, Calliope


I have come to write

On this page so white

But the words will not seem to come


And try as I may

To find something to say

It feels like my mind has gone numb


Have I run out

Of things to tout

Have I finally reached some end


Have I said all I can

Now an empty man

With no more fine words to lend


Oh, Calliope

Please return to me

Bring me your nourishing light


For in my heart

There is still a part

Unwilling to give up the fight


16 Responses to “Oh, Calliope”
  1. There has been so much adrenaline over the past 12 months because of the unknown of COVID-19. Add to that the adrenaline over all things political. Now that things are starting to be more calm, the adrenaline rush slows down, leaving us tired from its expense. I believe you have more words inside you that we want and need to hear. Maybe you need to give yourself a break from demanding yourself to give us words every day? And yet, this poem, as melancholy and dramatic it may be, is extremely relatable and well written!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks sis! I assume like most writers, I am just dealing with the ebb and flow of inspiration and desire. Someday I may decide not to post every day, but it won’t be this week…Love you to no end!

  2. beth says:

    I have no doubt that you have many, many words still in you. muse or not, they can’t stay on there for long –

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I had to look up who Calliope is – I’m sure she isn’t finished with you yet…

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    “Unwilling to give up the fight” and to fight eternally, never give up! Those are my moral compasses which I learned a long time ago wearing an olive green uniform (later cammies and later a navy blue ODU for the CG). You never run out of words, you never run out of ideas, of thoughts, inclinations, theories, trials and errors…

  5. kristianw84 says:

    I am sure you are full of words and the inspiration will strike again soon. I have a hard time believing the master has run out of things to say. Have you had the chance to get out on the bike yet? Maybe a ride is what you need. 😉

  6. Anonymous says:

    simple, yet beautiful poem Brad. you will find your inspiration again my friend

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Yet, the words continue to flow with skill. I’m amazed that you can come up with something meaningful to write about each day.

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