Tuesday Tidbits #64


Welcome to the limited series, Tuesday Tidbits. A collection of quotes to provide inspiration, determination, and elevation. I hope you find something that brightens your day!


I once passed on a “Poet in Residency” position with the National Historic Park Service. I feared that writing to a specific subject, and the hubris of being paid for my work, would be a pressure that would not create good poetry. My fear kept me from taking a turn in my path that may have made my writing a career rather than a craft. Do not make the same mistake.

Having to do some interviews recently has reminded me of the old adage, “Be careful what you ask”. I am a writer, a man of words, if you ask my opinion, we are likely to be here awhile.

Youth has the advantage of always seeing our next love right around the corner. Old age makes for very long streets.

Write me a paragraph of a few brief sentences about anything you love with all your heart. Be genuine and real. And with a few deletions of unneeded words and some line breaks and punctuation, I will give you the poem you just wrote in a way you have never seen it. And yet, somehow it has always been there. And there is more in there if you but learn how to see it.

Ink does not promise our words permanence. A trillion words have been lost to the annals of time. Only what we write can withstand the long road into anything remembered.

Although penning great words may bring your good fortune, good fortune has little to do with finding the great words.

The gift of old age is not some patriarchal long view of life or epiphany of wisdom given by sheer time. It is the fact that the older I get, the less I care what people think about me or my words.

Now get out there and write something!


10 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #64”
  1. beth says:

    Good advice about the in residence opportunities, when I visited the Grand Canyon a few years ago, I learned about a writer in resin engineering program they had, where a writer would live there in a cabin with a view – fascinating

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I love these! I particularly enjoyed the one about writing a brief paragraph about things I love and how if I gave it to you, you could turn it into poetry. I have no doubts that I could give you anything I’ve written and you would turn it into a masterpiece! I tried jotting down the things I love just to give myself some inspiration, but I love so many things it was like watching a clown pull a never ending chain of handkerchiefs from his pocket. I just kept filling pages.

    Of course, the last one really resonated with me as well. As I grow older I tend to care less and less of what others think, and the more I focus on myself and truly blossom into the woman I want to be, the more people seem to gravitate towards me. Funny how that happens.

    Another great set of tidbits, Brad!

  3. Lonely roads…a beautiful image yet frightening and awesome…brilliant quotes Brad. I am thinking of doing part 2 of “Quoting Tidbits from Brad Osborne…
    Cheers my friend!

  4. Jim Borden says:

    seems like you were in a reflective mood this week about your writing and the march of time. I especially liked the one where you can take someone’s words and turn it into a poem that was always there…

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