The Last Mile


I did not want to see fear, not in those eyes

The one’s that stare back at me in the photo

Your arm pulling me to you, a big brother

My idol of a youth now many decades ago


I did not want to say a prayer, not those words

To your God who needed you more than I do

Who says you are somehow now earthly gone

Yet everywhere I look I find the pieces of you


I did not want to cry, not those tears

Falling onto to the freshly broken ground

Another flag to remember a hero lost

And the solace your rest has been found


I did not want to ride, not that bike

Not for the last time, kickstand down

They may have buried you in the earth

But this was your hallowed ground


20 Responses to “The Last Mile”
  1. yassy says:

    I feel your sorrow, Brad. A beautifully poignant tribute to him. May he Rest In Peace. Your pain has been elegantly done in your inimitable style.

  2. He was your older brother, whom you fought with but also looked up to. I know that the memories you created with him in the last few years are ones to treasure above all other. I am sending you countless virtual hugs for so eloquently defining your love for our brother.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks sis! Riding his motorcycle from the house to the funeral home and back were the only times that being in the saddle brought me no joy. Love you deeply and always!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    such a beautiful way to remember your brother. from your sister’s comment it sounds like it was a typical sibling relationship, but at the end of day, there was love for each other…

  4. beth says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your sibling. I lost a sibling too, and know that it is a special kind of grief. your words say this so well and happy you made your peace before he was gone

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks Beth! It just goes to show that there is always an opportunity for things to change, if we are willing to be that change. I am sorry to hear that we share this type of loss and offer my sincere condolences on yours.

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    This is a most beautiful, powerful and meaningful way to remember your brother (information I got from reading the other comments), although a most beautiful poem it reflects a very painful time. You’ve said it in the perfect way…

  6. Harley Reborn says:


  7. petespringerauthor says:

    So glad to hear that the two of you made peace in the end. Sibling relationships can get pretty complicated.

  8. kristianw84 says:

    This is a lovely tribute to your brother. My heart goes out to you. Sending you lots of love & hugs! ❤

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