I Can’t Be


I can’t be the man you need

Because you don’t need a man

And if I am not what you need

Then what is it that I am


I can’t be your greatest love

If your heart you won’t give away

If it is not for the love

Then why is it I would stay


I can’t be your dreamy knight

A damsel you will never be

If no need for saving

Then what is the need for me


I can’t be too far down

A long list of held dears

Yet somehow go all-in

Despite my own fears


I can’t buy in to us

When you won’t share the cost

But I am certain I can be

The loving man you lost


26 Responses to “I Can’t Be”
  1. beth says:

    the last line is everything

  2. What a concise statement of a one-sided relationship. Feeling all of the melancholy as I was reading, the last line became a positive statement and full of power!

  3. sudrakarma says:

    Oh man, you’ve no idea how much this hits. I could have written that myself in years past. Been there. What a trip.

  4. Harley Reborn says:

    This reminds me of that one we tried to write together and then got into a huge fight over. Beautifully done, sir

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I remember that well. You taught me a lot in those hard moments. I am not sure this is a good as ours was, but I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the support, little one!

      • Harley Reborn says:

        I would love to say we should try again, but i dont think i could do that subject matter justice. Im not the vixen I once was.

      • Brad Osborne says:

        I am open to the idea and any subject matter should the opportunity arise. And I would argue there is still plenty of vixen left in you. Thank you, dear Harley!

      • Harley Reborn says:

        You’re most kind ❤️🖤

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    A relationship can’t be 75% and 25%. There are times one partner takes on more, but not for extended periods, or things eventually break down.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    i was just going to say what Pete said; it’s got to be 50-50…

  7. The balance does not have to be 50-50, it just has to be a lot closer than 75-25. My wife and I go 60-55, so we give 115% and she gets to think she gives more. Of course, we were never good at Accounting.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    Lovely piece Brad. Another romantic one. Everyone wants someone they can occasionally lean on, cry with and just plain feel safe. Even a strong woman needs that as does most men, even the strongest man. Big hugs my friend. Love ❤️ Jonikins

  9. kristianw84 says:

    This is beautiful. It’s exhausting when only one person is putting effort into the relationship. That last line is so powerful!

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