Ole Farley

Ole Farley

A Poem by Tate Morgan
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"You know boys" he would always say "why if there's one thing I am not" "Attention grabbing back stabbing" "but I've won every fight I've fought"

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Farley was twisting a new tale

his feet on the pot belly stove

There in our barn, he'd spin a yarn

piling on like a treasure trove

"You know I don't think I told you

how I won the second World War

Ole Ike, needed help with the Reich

and he looked to me and the corps"

 


"Again my country called on me

Ike wanted us to break the line

Well I told Dwight, schedule a flight

just drop me this side of the Rhine

So my men and I took the field

we lay waste such a German swath

Led all the men, yep there and then

survived only on bread and broth"

 


"Well we sought no recognition

we let Ike spin his fairy tale

We were fine, drinking Hitler’s wine

just happy to blaze the trail"

Later that night Farley took watch

he had come by to check the feed

Out from the night, came a bright light

Farley happily fed their need



Farley claimed many a patent

he invented all the great things

Held universities, degrees

knew all the heads of state and kings

He’d served in World War One and Two

circumnavigated the globe

Hung out on the Nile, for awhile

invented Nasa's first space probe

 

 

"You know boys" he would always say

"there are a couple things I'm not

Attention grabbing, back stabbing

though I've won every fight I've fought"

When the iced wind blew through the trees

and the cold air kept us all down

We warmed each face, at Farley’s place

where he entertained half the town





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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Ole Farley was a regular fixture around the track. He had been everywhere ,done everything, or so he claimed. Teller of tall tales and whimsical dreams. He was the epitome of our childish inner selves, and I adored him. He was to this little boy a fascinating figure from history. Take a bow Farley. You were one of a kind and the worlds greatest storyteller.

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I knew that guy, Tate. He owned a prawn fishing fleet in Western Australia, had served in the S.A.S. in Vietnam, had the ear of a member of parliament, and could top any far flung story that anyone else could tell. He never had a job, though, lived on the dole as I remember. My hero - lol.

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congrats on the contest win ..sure enjoyed the home spun quality of your poem Tate! humor and truth do make a strong weave don't they
E.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Months Ago

Thank you Gene yes characters abound all over
an endearing story and person but what poetry! you're an awsome poet Tate. love your rhyme.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Woody I try to do justice to the man as best i can
Goodness! This reminds me of Sweety, an old friend of my grandparents. He used to spin such tales for everyone who came to his gas station and general store.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

There is one in every town I think lol thanks
MomzillaNC

2 Years Ago

yw :)
Phenomenal Tate! I would love to have known Ole Farley. It is through those tall tales and whimsical dreams that we can escape the trappings of every day life. Great piece!!

Posted 3 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thanks Tim he was like many i knew characters to the end
This is awesome poem keep up the great work i can't wait to read more i love reading them

Posted 3 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

thank you melissa
melissa

3 Years Ago

Your welcome
This is great Tate Love it too. Though I have won every fight I have fought. Awesome write here!


Posted 3 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thank you Ole farley was like part of the furniture of our lives
It's amazing how such stories warm the heart. The storytellers are the dreammakers and give wing to flights of fancy in the minds of children, and it is always with fondness that they are remembered. I simply adored this tapestry of words.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

thank you so much
Great Story Tellers like Farley are real treasures...a pleasure to have him brought to life & remembered in this piece...Nice Job Mr. Morgan

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you Renee Ole Farley was the worlds greatest story stretcher and lived the greatest life even .. read more
Outstanding write. I, too, have had the pleasure of knowing a Farley. Thank you for resurrecting his memory.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you I am Tate nice to meet you.
Sharon L.H. Kelly

4 Years Ago

Sharon. It's a pleasure.
what a great personality this guy had... they don't make them like that any more..i enjoyed also the internal rhyming that you used Tate, it really added to the poem..

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thanks Stella Nice of you to say so I so remember ole farley kindly

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