Treading in the Steps of the Greats

Treading in the Steps of the Greats

A Poem by Tate Morgan
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"Not many get knocked down in life then rise to the top of the hill As life exacts a price you see for those willing to pay that bill"

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Grandpa Ed and my father Ed Jr

Grandpa Ed and My Father Eddie Jr.


Looking back to my eighteenth year


sitting with gramps in the grandstand


He looked at me, said " listen son


life seldom goes as we planned"




"See your father out on the track


coming 'round in the post parade


You should be proud of him you know


for all the dues that he has paid"




"If you'd said fifteen years ago


that he was the cream of the crop


I'd beat you down, there on the ground


leaving your a*s on the blacktop"





"Not many get knocked down in life


then rise to the top of the hill


As life exacts a price you see


from those willing to pay that bill"





Years later we stood by his grave


my father, my brothers and I


Gramps hadn't shared this forgiveness


before he had to say goodbye





I passed that story to my dad


whose eyes said he understood


For as a man, it was my plan


to help ease his pain if I could





Then when my own father passed


I stood there holding his ashes


About to pour, across the floor


of the track that saw our clashes




In that one defining moment

I whispered a prayer to the Fates

"Please forgive the sins of my youth"

treading in the steps of the Greats












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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
When my father was young he gave my grandfather bloody fits. I know how he regretted it later. As he was so hard on me for fear that I too would take that road. He said to me "Son you scare me to death. Of all my children you are the one that keeps me up at night. I see myself in you and it scares me. Just because you are fearless doesn't mean you are immortal." I came to find he was right. I do not know what drives young men to temp the will of unkind fates. However I lived to tell the tales and my son now is doing the same to me. So there is justice. Last month he came home on a motorcycle to tell me he was tired of just existing and wanted to live a little. He wants to have adventures as I have had. God is paying me back for the sleepless nights I dealt my own father.
When my own father passed a year ago we poured his ashes across the race track where his life began and his race ended. Miss ya dad!

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A respectfully done tribute to those around who make us better people... Your G-pa sounded like a very wise man... Best to tread after greats... Not fakes..

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Weeks Ago

thank you so much He was a great man
Silente

2 Weeks Ago

A most warm welcome, and I have no doubt after reading such an exemplary poem...
Tate Morgan

2 Weeks Ago

many thanks so honored you liked it
Great tribute to your dad... and your granddad!

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Tate Morgan

1 Month Ago

Thank you Thomas I have missed you of late
Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

1 Month Ago

I be around, but not often on here!
Tate Morgan

1 Month Ago

Same here I haven't been round much of late
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Tate Morgan

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Thank you very much
He looked at me, said " listen son

life seldom goes as we planned"


Wow! Truly Amazing!
And....Loved reading the author's note!

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Tate Morgan

2 Months Ago

Thank you for the kindness
NerdyBeauty

2 Months Ago

You're welcome.
I truly enjoyed your piece. It's great to read such adventures of others life.

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Tate Morgan

2 Months Ago

Thank you Dwayne I appreciate that
Dwayne J. Keeves

2 Months Ago

Indeed, Sir
very nicely written and well expressed got enthralled for full reading

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Tate Morgan

4 Months Ago

Thank you writ
Amazing story-telling... Your works are gems... I am becoming a fan...

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Tate Morgan

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much feel free to peruse to your hearts content
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This is so very true. I've missed your writings. I've been away for a while.

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Tate Morgan

6 Months Ago

Thank you Ron there is poetic beauty in the shared experience of. Growing up
Great wtite! Very true to heart. Thanks for sharing

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Tate Morgan

6 Months Ago

Thank you very much
This is very beautiful...
How so delicately written...
Amazing...


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Tate Morgan

6 Months Ago

Thank you it is always with regret that we learn empathy for others
Mr.Writer

6 Months Ago

Yep, that's true

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