Treading in the Steps of the Greats

Treading in the Steps of the Greats

A Poem by Tate Morgan

"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"

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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Thank you very much


Near as I can tell ... shame and guilt never live up to the healing power of forgiveness and love. Great writ as always, Tate:)

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Pryde thank you yes I agree
we drive them crazy, and then when they get close to the finish line we find ourselves regretting...
and yet, whether we know it or not, we learn from them...even when we are rebelling...and in the end we become them---
and even if they are gone...they are up there feeling proud...

the bloody fits were worth it in the end...

or so it seems.

love this write, Tate.

as i think of my 97 year old dad...we went through years of this---but now we seem to have reached a very peaceful point before the conclusion.


Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Jacob thank you yeah I understand that logic we have to get a few miles under us to get traction on .. read more
I always love reading your work, Tate, I really mean it. I really enjoyed this narrative you've written here. It tells a very strong story with tonnes of truth, and I feel the way it flows from line to line, helps it deliver its message even more powerfully than it would without the flow. As always, you show us all your poetic proficiency! :)

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Dan nice to see you. I feel like Im next in line for the river styx anymore. If only wisdom came ear.. read more
A amazing tale my friend. I liked the photos. We are built by our elders to stand strong. Without good examples. What would we be? Thank you my friend for sharing your words and thoughts.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you Coyote We learn dont we from them I mean At 18 we look at them and say god they are stupid.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are right. I became a better Grandfather than father. I learn. Kids grow-up too quickly. I spend.. read more
i am happy to know at this point your son is riding ;}}} .. yeh! we do get some pay back eh!? ... yes! forgiveness is divine ... wonderful tribute to your gramps ..nicely tied in to your poem for your dad should put a link to it in your comments ..the poems are a fine pair says i! .. and "Like a rock" .. perfect .. i didn't get to know my gramps well ..we lived too far ..but i am glad to have known him at all ..and i sure miss my dad ..we also went thru some very bumpy times ..and his forgiveness is a boon to my peace and gratitude for him in his life .. nice one Tate!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Gene My son is still riding and now has me doing the same I railed against his folly Till I got back.. read more
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1 Year Ago

stay safe young man ..keep the rubber on the road ... it is a wonderful habit .. wind in the hair an.. read more
Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Yeah sweet feeling
Personal poems always have that heartfelt element to them. All the better when the narrative can be read and enjoyed by strangers. A good write, and a good read.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you Robert Always nice to meet new friends
Fantastic as always my friend:)
Thanks for sharing and b-blessed!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Jamestown i always get happy to see you. You are one good soul Thank you
This is a beautiful work of art, excellent job on this one!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Hi katie thank you I hope you are well
Beautiful! :D

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you momzilla I awoke with this fresh on my mind yesterday as with most of my works they are wr.. read more

1 Year Ago

I’ve often been inspired by dreams too. Inspiration is such a mystery, sometimes… fragile and de.. read more

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Added on August 9, 2016
Last Updated on September 19, 2017


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