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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Posted 2 Months Ago


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Tate Morgan

2 Months Ago

Thank you very much



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This is very beautiful...
How so delicately written...
Amazing...


Posted 7 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

7 Months Ago

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

7 Months Ago

Yep, that's true
Beautiful. That's all I can really say. This is a fantastic piece. A fitting tribute to someone who meant a great deal to you, and you shared that with everyone is the best possible way.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Thank you I appreciate that my father seemed to like the time I told him what his father said
I've always liked your work, Tate. Your odes to life and the plights and triumphs of others has had me coming back again and again. I will always consider you a stellar poet in standing with the all-time greats. I wish you the best.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Ken I'm so honored to hear such a thing for to me I am nothing but a Humble poet it really touche.. read more
Kenneth The Poet

8 Months Ago

You are quite welcome.
Your words so tenderly move the heart, create a vast pool of thankfulness, as well as a place of reflection and beautiful pain. This journey of life is a magnificent race for us all, and you find vivid strokes of color in every contemplation.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Craig forgive me if I'mA little loopy tonight I had major shoulder surgery yesterday and find myself.. read more
An owl on the moon

8 Months Ago

Oh my friend, may you find comfort now, and peace, and a deep rest for you, body and mind.
Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Thank u i've had many injuries to my shoulders over the years racing horses at this time simple sli.. read more
This was a well-penned and touching peace. It retained well its personal touch and connection to me as I read it. I sense a lot of love here.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Cameron thank you .It is always the thing we rail against but inside we know we are really our fathe.. read more
"life seldom goes as we planned"

How accurate this is. You've written a wonderful poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

9 Months Ago

Thank you Mercy so nice to hear
This is a great write, Tate. It's filled with the truth of what we know now - but didn't then. I have to believe that that we have been forgiven. Love the music and Author's Note.

Posted 10 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

10 Months Ago

Thank you Sharon I like to think that our transgressions are forgiven in the end is well and that we.. read more
the wheel just keeps on turning Tate, we never learn we simply FIND OUT

Posted 10 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

10 Months Ago

Hi doc you know I often lament the foolish things I once embraced but I know it was youth talking no.. read more
This made me smile. We are only allowed the ignorance of youth once, and if we have nothing to regret when we're older, then we've led a pretty damned boring life.

Posted 12 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

12 Months Ago

Thanks D Connoly I agree I wish my own hadnt followed me into middle AGE
This is beautiful and so much truth in it

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you it was just a story from my own life

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