It’s Not Me, It’s You


Neither a writer nor poet laureate am I

My simple words lack the providence

Haphazardly strung together with little skill

No thread binding them beautifully

No theme or awaiting epiphanies

Nor characters or story lines

To stoke the reader’s imagination

Just flippant thoughts and ramblings

Spewed upon the page like a handful of sand

They bear no resounding countenance

And offer no great pearls of wisdom

Just simple words from an even simpler man

Put down by pen for lack of anywhere else to be

The act of letting them go

Just easier than holding them in

Place them not upon the pedestal

Reserved for those with the gift

No recognition or applause earned

For these small and unwarranted words


If you feel there is more

To that which is written

If some light shines brighter

Upon the reading of the text

If some insight is gained

Or some emotion revealed

I am not the source of those things

I am but a mirror with only reflection to offer

What you think you see in me

Comes only from what you have found in yourself

That alone is what deserves the praise and prominence


17 Responses to “It’s Not Me, It’s You”
  1. beth says:

    you sell yourself short, it is your gift. I do agree that we see our reflections in words and how we identify with them

  2. Touching and tender and, with credit where it belongs, talentedly written.

  3. You are too modest Brad. I really like that about you.

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    It isn’t that you manage to write something every day that’s impressive; it is the quality of your words.

  5. kristianw84 says:

    I love how you describe the ability of your readers to find pieces of themselves in your words. I admit that I have found myself many times through your poetry; however, there have been times when I haven’t and was still left wanting to reach through the screen and hug you. I know talent when I see it, and you, my dear Brad, are a wonderful poet and deserve to have your work held in as high of a regard as all of the other great poets I’ve read. I truly mean it. If you weren’t my friend, if I happened to just stumble across one of your poems in a book or on a website, I would have looked you up so I could read more from you. ❤

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is heart wrenchingly beautiful. This piece expresses so lovely how modest you are. Yet your words themselves so lovely and perfectly arranged on this post show just how amazing an talented a writer you are. Sending you love my friend as always. ❤️🤗😘💝Jonikins

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