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Days That I Have Known

Days That I Have Known

A Poem by Tate Morgan

Oh please just let me be gracious and smile when the day draws near Then wish him well, as time will tell if I can overcome my fear



The days of life are winding down

as I but fear what lies ahead

My son has reached that time in life

that always filled my mind with dread

There's just a year until that day

when I just hope that I may grow

To be the man, I pray I can

as the time comes to let him go

This week we go on vacation

and as we share these times of  joy

Within the bonds of family

he'll spend his last days as a boy

I've done what I set out to do

back so many a year ago

 Instilling in him foundations

of all the things he needs to know

Oh please just let me be gracious

and smile when the day draws near

Then wish him well, as time will tell

if I can overcome my fear

For then my son will be a man

with strength to face the new found dawn

In knowledge that he's not alone

as my heart breaks for all that's gone

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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
I knew this this day would come. It is so near I can taste it. I will walk out to see him off with a smile upon my face. Give him the speech I like to call "what it means to be a man". Tell him to trust his instincts. Never take something for nothing. Never take unfair advantage of another nor let them take unfair advantage of him. Help those who need it and respect all the women in his life. "Son the value of a man lies not in what he owns, but in what he gives to others". Then I'll wave as he sets off, as my heart simply breaks.

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Warmth and tenderness wash over me in waves as I read this moving piece penned straight from your heart. The values you ask of your son as he sets sail on the winds of life are embedded in his DNA, for he is your son and has learned by watching you embody those values. It will take practice, like riding a bike for the first time takes practice and little bit of blood, but his foundation is strong. May his compass always guide him to a true north, so that he always knows where home is, the place he can always return to, and be fully embraced. Yes, your heart will break, it will never be the same again, but the wonders of watching him live out his life are well worth the pain.

Posted 5 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

I thank you very much I am trying my best


Ahhh to read the writings of an old friend is long over due! Wounderusly both warm and heart torn as I imagin a son going off to the military. As always so perfectly written. Good to be back.

Posted 3 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Kimberly so nice to have you back again. I thank you for the review I haven’t been on much of lat.. read more
Letting go of growing children is the hardest, My daughter graduates this year, this really hits that heart, bittersweet and beautiful, well done my friend :)

Posted 2 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Alicia Tate was the greatest gift to my life and letting him go is the hardest thing Ive e.. read more
Alicia Schroeder

2 Years Ago

I can completely relate, children grow up real fast, it seems like yesterday when they just start th.. read more
It is so sweet! That day would come, but the way you fast the fear is the most important. I like you observe changes in your life, and try to overcome them!

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

I no more believe a man is grown by 18 than I believe parenting ever stops what I find true is that .. read more
Oh my goodness! Every father should read road map to fatherhood…

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

thank you it is tomorrow that he leaves and tomorrow i dread like the setting sun

4 Years Ago

But, in that dread, you must know he's ready and that you gave him wings to fly.
Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

yes true I turned this poem into a video one day as i was experimenting with combining the disciplin.. read more
This is a wonderful poem i can't wait to read more

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

My son is now at the age where Ill have to face letting him go
Beautiful... I imagine that this is how my father and possibly even my mother feels as the time for leaving the nest has come upon us all. I'll be 18 next month and your perspective has given me a moment's walk in my parents' shoes.
Thank you.
I wish for you and Tate the best.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you very much so sorry it took so long to answer this I have been busy.I thank you
Angel Criner

4 Years Ago

No problem at all; Take care.
Such a good daddy! I have two sons and dread the day they will be grown men. As a mother it's a different view I'm sure. But as a parent we do all we can for them to help make life easier and dreams attainable. I am positive with your beautiful mind you have passed on as much knowledge and unique view of the world as you can. Good luck to you and be brave my friend. The joy of having children is hoping we get it right and our legacy can continue through them and their children!! Much love!

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you I have the same idea. i always tell tate his duty is to replace himself with an even bette.. read more
As a mother of four sons, 3 of which are grown--I understand, and with a powerful punch, I wonder if I could have done better with them... Thought provoking and great use of rhyme to set it off. Not bad for organized poetry. You should write for Hallmark, they love stuff like this.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you I never gave it any thought I write for myself and for my family. I thank you very much.
a beautiful write about fatherhood tate and the music ang graphics blended perfectly

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much Being a father is the greatest job i ever had

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Added on June 24, 2013
Last Updated on May 17, 2018
Tags: poetry

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