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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Mic
Well said, Tate. Honestly, never understood why some see it as their right to determine whom another might marry, legally. Would think God probably pays little attention to whether a couple holds that legal note claiming such, nor the gender of either. Kudos to anyone positively affected by this ruling...

Again, well done!
Mic

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Mic Yes it is a decisive issue that tears the americas asunder. But imagine you were one o.. read more
Mic

2 Years Ago

So true, as it seems no matter how learned a person might, oftentimes they do so struggle with that .. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I have to agree
Thank you for this, Tate. For someone in your position, who is respected and renowned within this site I must say that you are entirely brave, not to mention thoroughly good for tackling this subject. I am gay. It's not something that I hide nor flaunt. I knew when I was too young to realize people like me were given labels, considered different. When it comes to gay rights, in grumpy, old school states like Ohio for example, what most don't seem to realize that others like myself aren't just denied the legalities of marriage. The piece of paper, the combined insurance, the right to be the person who pulls the plug on the one we love most in the world because they were in an accident. We are denied the memories... That moment when we are are sitting on the couch, look to the person beside us and think back to our wedding. The expression on their face when you got down on your knee, how they were so stressed out planning the big day, how they saved you from a hypoglycemic attack when cake tasting. How beautiful they looked walking down the isle, how you wept reciting your vows, how they smiled in your arms while you danced in front of everyone you hold dear. The pictures. The tux, the dress hanging in the closest. The ability to look at the person and say 'you're my wife' or 'you're my husband', and know in your heart that it's the truth because it wasn't simply a ceremony but a wedding. For me, it's not about the legalities, it's about the memories and as far as I am concerned those who love deserve that blessing to look back. Regardless of faith, all the hundreds of religions... Even a straight atheist has the right to stand before God in the sanction of marriage. Which confuses me at times. Sigh... I'm sorry.:) Obviously, I reacted to this piece. But thank you, Tate. Truly! It makes my heart smile to see people like you.

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

If we dont live up to our creed we will be no different from the rest freedom for some but not all <.. read more
Deviant Works

2 Years Ago

Beautiful.:)
oh my Tate ... a blistering slap in your closing verse .. it begs a response ... i would put myself in that group of oddities ;) so easy to go off on other issues when a stew is stirred :) one must keep in mind that the Supreme Court can and does not legislate laws ..only congress can do that ..secondly the decision handed down is about civil ceremonies and rights as a spouse .. religion .. is another ballgame .. dogma is about our Creator's ways and how no one can live up to it .. Christianity offers, through believe, a way of redemption ...i agree, none of it legislated :)) very interesting write from you sir!
E.
ps. the portrait is pretty cool ..is it self done?? charcoal or pencil?

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Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

ps. better still just sit and savor! :))))
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I too am a hippie of the sixties raised in little towns like yellow springs home to every dissident .. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I often think on god and imagine him as a twain character who upon inspection will ask if I brought .. read more
I agree with your author's note.
"The religious right will survive
behind glass in a museum
An oddity, commodity
for all those who want to see them"
Jesus taught love and forgiveness. Not separation and hate. Powerful words my friend. Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you coyote I take no posistion on the subject accept to say i accept what has happened and rea.. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Years Ago

I agree my friend.
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A powerful piece of art here< Tate :) It's thick with meaning and sings of freedom from beginning to end.Change is coming...hold on tight

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you the times they are a changing that's for sure lets hope it keeps up
Tolerance be th.. read more
Good thoughts and words of our transition through the ages. For me it is not about whether I agree with the Supreme Court or not. Like you I want people to be happy and allowing gay marriage will not change my life. As for God, well my God is a forgiving God if there is any forgiveness to be handed out. Live and let live. Rather than spending our time and money worrying about someones love, let's put that energy into bringing peace to the world, Nice work and thanks. I will get off my soap box.

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Oh you seem so like me on this subject. I feel the same dont we have better things to do than to tel.. read more
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Ron
Really enjoyed this enquiring poem! It asks questions relevant to modern times. Although leaning away from religion a question mark is written through! Refreshing indeed!

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Ron your voice is welcome here
Beautiful poem, and yes our land which has been plundered over and over again is once again getting a transformation! Nothing is sacred anymore, not even human life. But like you said, " Who has the right to tell another who to love?" This brings to mind my own poem about Obama's Hope and Change; and we see it every day how things are changing, and we must cling to hope.

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Yes we do and we must as the supreme court has affirmed the Obama care yesterday and gay rights toda.. read more
Ice QueenJen

2 Years Ago

Don't forget that stupid debacle with the civil war flag; they take something innocent and make some.. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

well we arent talking about that one here thank god
Working toward freedom for all, whether we "approve of" them or not, is the way of true liberty. You say it all very well here, Tate!

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Rita freedom for all that does seem like the only way to guarantee that each of us receive.. read more
the government has always stuck there noses in our rights as humans,i have a gay brother in law, and we have talked about this, and i guarantee he was born gay.the bible says it`s an abomination,but we are also born alcoholics,heart disease and other defects so i don`t understand either

a great write about an important subject

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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Yes as i say i have a sister who is gay. she swears she too was born that way. I cant say .. read more
 wordman

2 Years Ago

one day we will all know what is going on,you`re welcome

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