Don’t Ask


Do not ask me what I have seen

For I have seen it all

I have seen the best that man can be

And witnessed the worst of humanity

I have seen the most beautiful of skies

Reflected in the tears of a child’s eyes

I have seen love in all its splendor

The moments when life is tender

I have seen death in unclosed eyes

And hate in every disguise

Never have I been blind

To all that life shows


Do not ask me what I have heard

For I have heard it all

I have heard the promises we say

And the words that people pray

I have heard gossip by the ton

Judgements cast on everyone

I have heard words that lift the soul

And hatred with virulent toll

I have heard sage advice given youth

And news offered without truth

Never have I been deaf

To all that life proclaims


Do not ask me to render knowledge

From all I have seen and heard

The only thing that I have learned

Is being surprised at life’s every turn

And I am still learning as I go

Seeing all the things I do not know

Changing the beliefs held dear

As things become more clear

And through this entire rendition

Never given life’s great definition

Do not ask me what I know

I still have a way to go


28 Responses to “Don’t Ask”
  1. Bacardi Gold says:

    I love the way it is written. Very well said and it flows freely. Great, really great! !!

  2. beth says:

    and we are all on a continuous journey, each with our own experiences, good and bad, along the way, and we never stop learning the lesson of life

  3. As I started reading this, I could physically feel my heart hurt, because I know you have done and heard things in your life most of us can only begin to imagine. And yet, those things are also a part of the great brother you have become in my life, so I can’t fully hate that they happened to you. I’m so glad you’re conscious of the journey you are on and willing to invest the energy to keep putting one foot in front of the other on its path. I love you!

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Through it all, we’re all still a work in progress. This may be one of my favorites, Brad. Who you are today is because of things not shared, only known to you,…it gave you your voice and your words help others, like me, on their healing road. Love and hugs. ❤️

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Love this, Brad. Our ability to continously learn is important. I have never understood those people who claim they have nothing left to learn.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I do not think I ever met someone who openly said they had nothing left to learn, If I did, I would argue that point to no end. They may not change their mind, but they will have learned not to say it out loud around me, and thus learned something. Game, set, match! Love to you and yours, my friend!

  6. Brilliant! One of your most powerful, and that is saying a lot my friend. Knowledge is gaining a few steps into the unknown and knowing there’s much more to learn.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    I think this is one of your best, Brad. Such a wonderful way to express such powerful emotions.

    These two lines really stood out for me for their juxtaposition (hopefully that’s the right word!):

    I have seen the most beautiful of skies
    Reflected in the tears of a child’s eyes

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    Outstanding! We are who we are based on our experiences, yet that will continue to ebb and flow as we learn new lessons. No one stays in one place.

  9. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautiful truths about life and such a poignant piece Brad. Great work. Sending you a great big hug. Love to you, Jonikins ❤️🤗🦋🌹

  10. We don’t have to ask you to render knowledge, you are rendering it whether you want to or not.

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