Early Riser


Dawn draws nigh

As time goes by

And I am left here wanting


Nothing worse

Than tragic curse

For the words I am hunting



In monotone

Counts down to an end


War profuse

In words to choose

And the time I spend


It’s no fun

When left undone

The poem I came to write


Pen will cease

Its thoughtful tease

With the coming light


Tough it seems

That in my dreams

Words have their own wills


Work does call

For after all

Its what pays the bills


20 Responses to “Early Riser”
  1. beth says:

    work can get in the way of so much living! )

  2. I can easily relate to these words. I’ve lost count of how many potential blog posts have ended up in the “trash” bin – the ideas that were so upfront and consuming of my energy never completely fulfill themselves, and then it becomes a task of ‘trying too hard’ to find what it was I intended to impart.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I think work might sometimes be a welcome break from trying to come up with just the right words…

  4. A most proper and fitting bang up to date sort of an ending. Brilliant!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Too bad that words can’t pay the bills.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    If only we could pay for essentials with poems!

  7. mistermuse says:

    In years past, I ‘sold’ many a poem to literary magazines and got paid in copies. Unfortunately, copies don’t pay bills unless they’re counterfeit copies of money (but they’d better be good, or you’ll be paid in prison time….and that ain’t good).

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    You write so many beautiful post per week I am always in awe. You never seem to be hunting for words dear Brad. I was going to say if you are paying the bills with writing poems please share your secret. Although honestly it wouldn’t surprise me if you could. Hugs and love Jonikins ❤️🤗🦋

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Well, I can assure you my writing does not pay the bills. Hell, it doesn’t even pay for the coffee. But it has given me opportunities to meet, share, and learn from other artists like yourself. That has its own value. Thank you, Jonikins!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Ditto my friend, in fact it cost me money to write. However as you mentioned I too get to meet wonderful people like yourself and I have learned plenty from you. It makes my daughter proud too. Perhaps my desire to write is strong and I want to be the best I can at it. I think we are both a bit like that. In fact my dad taught me things that I will forever be grateful for even though he was a tortured soul. ( If your going to do something do it right, or not at all. Your only as good as your word. He was loyal to the men he was responsible for and cared about them.)
        You are special as is your beautiful work. So thank you Brad. Love ❤️ Jonikins

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