I captain my own life

Choosing every step I take

So, then what be the purpose

Of this thing called “fate”


Is it just a figment

Of the things that I have done

Or does it truly have a hand

In how my race is run


If I choose to cross a stream

And to the other side I jet

Is fate the thing that assures

That my feet get wet


Where is thy power, oh fate

What then this hand of plight

Is it making me take three lefts

When I was meant to go right


Only in the letting go, unowned

In the dropping of the reins

When choice lost to perspective

Can fate become the coxswain


I captain my own life

Choosing every step I take

There in the world around me

I, the creator of my own fate


15 Responses to “Fate”
  1. beth says:

    The ever challenged debate – well done

  2. Interesting to think about! Well done!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, Brad. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

    “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

  4. kristianw84 says:

    Ya know, I always like to think I’m the master of my own destiny, but once in a while, something intervenes to let me know it has other plans. I don’t know if it’s fate, the universe, or just plain luck (good and bad,) but it is something. Well done, my dear!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Its “other plans” are not the determination of your destiny, simply a turn on the path to getting there. There is always more than one way to get where we are going, sometimes there is just a detour. But our final destination is truly up to us. It arrives when we give up. Go master that destiny girlfriend!

      • kristianw84 says:

        Once I set my sights on something or make up my mind that I want something, there is no stopping me. I’m very determined and stubborn that way. I meant more of the things that are out of my control, such as illness, death of a loved one, etc… I suppose they don’t really stop me from anything, but they take away my dreams, sometimes. I feel like my entire life has been spent “starting again.”

      • Brad Osborne says:

        I understand that feeling…

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I do think it’s interesting that people usually refer to fate when it comes to something positive happening. Fate never seems to enter the equation when two cars come together.

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Beautiful verses and quite a well posed question my friend. All the best to you and a happy Tuesday!

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