Empty Hands


Is this our fate?

Reason born by enlightenment

Tethered to an instinctual animal

Steeped in the waging of war

From the dawn of time

And in every generation since

Victory found in the vanquishing

Our only tool, the stick


Are we not these men of reason?

Can we value our lives, and yet

Not value the life of another

In every person, see brother

Or does our path only lead

To what we have always been

A primal need to survive

A modern day crusade


Violence cannot hide in shadows

Reason beams a glaring light

A sun that shines on everything

And we see all too clearly

That we have so far to go

To be the true men of reason

Men with empty hands


12 Responses to “Empty Hands”
  1. beth says:

    yes, it is an ongoing struggle and journey to get there

  2. It seems that history is destined to repeat itself. One step forward and two steps back. I believe this struggle will be happening in 100 + years from now.

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    So true my brother, so true, we’ve a long road ahead and many millenniums must pass before we are true men of wisdom…a beautiful poem full of power, truth and also prophecy…
    All the best to you Brad,

  4. DC Gilbert says:

    Interesting poem, Brad. I like it.

    And I don’t disagree. I have always been very willing to peacefully coexist with anyone. However, I will draw the line at those who intend to harm me or those I care about. In a world of sheep and wolves, you must, unfortunately, have sheepdogs.

    It must be the human condition. There are always those who want to “ take.” And history has repeatedly taught us that peace at any cost always leads to slavery or genocide.

    It is sad.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      You make an important point Mr. G. and I agree that there is a line where pacifism must be put aside to protect your self or others. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, Brad, and so timely. no sticks, no guns, just an empty hand offered in friendship…

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