Oddity Commodity

Oddity Commodity

A Poem by Tate Morgan
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A man should be judged by his works not his beliefs. Beliefs are intangible and inconsequential to life.

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self portrait graphite on canvas

For just over two thousand years

we've held to the thoughts of the past

Followed teaching,  and the preaching

that professed faith to all whom asked

 

Dare we ever question that faith

we find ourselves mired in pain

Be-seeched by those, one might suppose

to be blessed or somehow ordained

 

Legislating morality

has never worked and never will

you can't force folk, under a yolk

of privileged who sit top a hill

 

Eating from the tree of knowledge

perhaps we found our sanity

We need be fair, man's self aware

one can't deny humanity

 

The religious right will survive

behind glass in a museum

An oddity, commodity

for all those who want to see them

 

 

 









 

 

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© 2015 Tate Morgan



Author's Note

Tate Morgan
You know I have given this much thought of late. The recent Supreme court decision on gay rights has split the country asunder. As for me I have a sister who is gay I simply want for her happiness. The government has no business in our bedrooms or our private life. We seek to marry those who bring our lives meaning. Follow your own path. It is not for others to impede the road upon which choose. This is not a question of morality it is a question of rights. By what right does any man have the ability to tell another who to love? love thy brother as thyself.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

A man should be judged by his works not his beliefs. Beliefs are intangible and inconsequential to life.

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Tate, I have missed you, my friend. It feels like forever since I have read you work -- actually it has been forever, hasn't it!? Sorry!

On to your writing, as always, you never fail to amaze me with the story you tell within your words. You capture the reader and keep the hooked until the last word which then leaves them begging for more. I can relate to this write as many others I am sure.

Truly fab tho, love the wording and the structure! x

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Noodle I was so sure I responded to this I must have deleted it accidentally I do miss you thank you.. read more
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Love this piece. thanks for sharing your nice talent.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Month Ago

Thank you Roxane
Firstly.... The painting is fab.... kudos
next... about the poem... I love satires .. This is amazing...so deep and true... about the fanatics of the society

Posted 6 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

6 Months Ago

Thank you I think we all have come to realize that most of the things that are grandparents healthie.. read more
heartspeaks

6 Months Ago

congratulations
Each to their own. Freedom there is alot to be said about it. Personally think religion has nothing to do or should have no power over such matters. Therefore should be dealt with by a separate entity. Antiquated laws in museums for benefit of history. Brave new world

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Minuses I would say I agree with that and Europe the churches are empty for the most part we are the.. read more
I like this. I was walking yesterday, thinking of a friend of mine who is taking an English class, and she had asked me for help on an assignment "if you had to leave Earth and start a new civilization, what would you leave behind"? My thought was religion, for this, and many other similar reasons. I wonder if future generations would keep religion in a museum to look at as a primitive construct

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

I do believe that organized religion would be my first choice to get rid up to it alone is responsib.. read more
I love everything about your poem, your message, & your author's notes! BRAVO! Nicely expressed without coming across like you've got an axe to grind. I think these are the gentle statements that can change attitudes . . . not by fire & brimstone or drama. Thanks for presenting this poem, which could be interpreted in many more ways than just about gay rights.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Your piece above touches upon a topic, several intense topics in fact, that is one of much concern to me and others in these more than aptly trying times ... You see, I firmly attest that one's religious views, so long as they do not infringe upon the views and lives of others, are freedoms as rights to be exercised within the category of our Constitution's statements regarding religious freedom of expression, just as it is also our right to freedom of speech ... Now, at the same time, I have stated in several of my highly opinionated articles that I firmly believe that behind any (and all) religion(s) that teach that God has given them a mission to convert the world to that said religion's way of thinking, believing, and living, you will find a man (or group of men) who seek(s) to rule the world via this mission to convert the world ... Of the three main organized religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) Christianity and Islam both teach that their given religion possesses a commission to convert all the world to THEIR particular flavor belief, teaching, and way of life ... Judaism possesses no such commission ... In fact, Judaism openly discourages new converts from making the transition to Judaism as a way of life, a way that will most certainly bring a new convert the very pain and suffering that has befallen all the Jewish people for thousands of years ... Only those determined to convert, who possess the stick-to-it-ness, are allowed to convert after a very long conversion process that allows them ample time to change their minds ... This is a lesson both Christianity and Islam could well learn from ... After all, if ones faith or religion (no matter the name) actually possesses something, anything, of value you should not have to force or coerce conversion upon others in order to fulfill your alleged Great Commission ... Now as to the topic of Gay this or that, I believe that a person's chosen lifestyle should be of their own choosing ... I also believe that such privy information as to their lifestyle should always remain confidentially IN THE BEDROOM to not be spoken of publicly in detail, but only in private conversation among close friends ... Why do I express my thoughts in this particular manner? ... My oldest daughter has a husband who is a woman ... Her husband is a very good and sweet girl ... Yet, neither of them go around proclaiming their Gayness to the world openly ... They live their lives just like any other folks without attempting to cram their alternate lifestyle down the throats of others in forcing others to accept how they have chosen to live their lives ... For this, I am very proud of my daughter for living her life as she sees fit, though Dad does not wholeheartedly agree in possessing his own set of beliefs ... Dad does love his daughter and allows her the freedom to make choices for herself outside of the realm of what he believe is correct and proper for his own life ... I have a problem with those folks who seem to have an agenda to go out of their way in declaring their Gayness to others when they have never been asked ... To me, if folks like this are secure in their decision to live as a Gay person, then they should not have to go around shouting it to the world, but simply dig into living their lives as they have chosen to live it, not forcing the issue upon the minds and hearts of others ... This especially irritates me in a time of everyone, everywhere, wishing to proclaim and profess their RIGHTS to do this or that ... I am not knocking the possession of rights or the exercising of them, but there is a very clear and distinct difference between possessing rights and DOING THAT WHICH IS RIGHT ... In our nation we have these fine rights that are daily and openly spoken of: Civil Rights, Religious Rights, Speech Rights, Right To Bear Arms, Women's Rights, Gay Rights, Animal Protection Rights ... All of these rights I have pointed out are good rights, but where are the RIGHTS of the unborn to life in an open society that gives rights to those who can, at least, attempt to defend themselves (even a dog or cat can bite in trying to defend itself), when an unborn child remains totally defenseless and innocent of ANY wrong doing within safe haven sanctuary of its mother's womb? ... The law says a woman has the RIGHT to an abortion, Gays have the right to marriage, but no one wishes to stand up and speak for the RIGHTS of the unborn ... Where WOULD you and I be today if our mothers had not chosen to do that which was right, rather than exercising her right to seek an abortion? ... As I said, there is a difference between possessing rights and choosing to do that which is right in setting ones rights aside in protecting the rights of others ... To seek the benefit and protection of the rights of others above and beyond our own rights is the true defining definition of LOVE ... Your poem is very touching and speaks of truth to be embraced ... I simply think our horizons need expanding a bit more to include the RIGHTS of the unborn to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we all so adamantly seek and struggle to possess, exercise, and live out in our daily lives ... Well done and beautifully written ...

Posted 1 Year Ago


Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn's Articles

1 Year Ago


Well, my friend, that is what is called an example of having God in a can ... God is canned .. read more
Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

It is so like us to think whomever or whatever created us is just like us lol
Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn's Articles

1 Year Ago

Yes, what you say is true, otherwise we deem such others as alien, foreign, and undesirable ...
Hate the sin, love the sinner. We must persuade the sinners with love. My niece who rents a room from my wife and I is a self claimed lesion and I do not love her any less but a Christian nation as we are must hold true to righteous values by laws and morality. We are already seeing our own afflicted destruction because we as a nation are rationalizing evil practices. 2 Timothy 3 Paul reveals what kind of people we will become when we forsake the gospel. I've known several Christian homosexuals who refrain from the practice because they have come to know the Lord.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Judge not lest thee be judged That is my motto
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I have watched the religious right and their philosophy of fear for years the righteous like Ted Cru.. read more
you can't force folk, under a yolk
of privileged who sit top a hill
....so very true! i love this piece, every word!
I always loved reading your writing, cant believe I have been away from the cafe for so long with such wonderful words to absorb such as these
much love!
@ashlychristen

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

thank you Ashly so nice to see you again as well. It is a good thing to come here and relax once in .. read more
Happy i read your authors note on this write and learned its importance to you..
Loved the unique structure and rhyme. The thought behind it was admirably expressed.

Much enjoyed darlin.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you jennifer I havent looked at this in a few days I thank you for reminding me of it

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