A Pile of Kings


And spill I did, all the things kept hid

In a safe place, or so it seemed

I spoke the fears and shed the tears

Shared things I had only dreamed


I exposed my heart, from the very start

In the hopes you would know me well

I gave it all, the big and the small

As I fell under your loving spell


You listened intent, as if heaven sent

And you memorized every word

You found the cracks, the strength I lack

The little boy long left unheard


You mined the gold, my heart to hold

With my own words echoed back to me

When love did end, my very best friend

Now knew how to make me bleed


You had the tools, given by the fool

To take my very world apart

And because you can, you slaid the man

Who had given away his heart


To you it was fun, a victory won

From the pedestal I would build

You tossed another fated lover

On the pile of kings you have killed


But I did not die, though you tried

I found a different reason to live

And I learned that trust hard earned

And the greatest gift we give


19 Responses to “A Pile of Kings”
  1. beth says:

    when your own defensive weapons are used against you, and the soft targets are attacked, it can be the most dangerous and painful battle of all, but lucky to emerge still standing.

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I think we all experience the sting of betrayal, but I am sorry you understand it so well. Beautifully written!

  3. To be betrayed by someone we truly felt we could trust has to be, in my opinion, one of the hardest things to get past. Knowing you, and knowing that your trust is not easily earned, your words Here speak far more volumes left unsaid. A sad and melancholy poem, but amazingly written.

  4. Chel Owens says:

    True; love must fill our cracks.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    I like how the poem ends on a high note. and how big is the pile of queens you have left behind? 🙂

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Gone but not forgotten. I hope you’re applying what you learned from that relationship. Everybody likes a comeback story.

  7. K.L. Hale says:

    “You found the cracks, the strength I lacked…” thus stings so much. You always have such a marvelous way with words and imagery! 💛

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Karla! I hope you are doing well and staying strong!

      • K.L. Hale says:

        You’re welcome ☺️. I had another scan Friday morning. Results are similar to latest bone scan. The largest tumor on liver is the same size as the largest one on pancreas (5 x 5 x 6). The lymph nodes between heart and kidneys have growing tumors and new one in my back. BUT,…I’m keeping the faith, a good mindset, resting as I need, and trying to manage pain in the most tolerable and helpful way. I have two oncology appts in the next 10 days and hopefully we’ll begin radiation soon! Thank you for your friendship and support! 🥰

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