Rich Or Poor

Rich Or Poor

A Poem by Tate Morgan
"

The smiles of children stamped in the mint of memory are the coin of the realm of happiness!

"

 

Bernie Sanders

A rich man's son inherits want

with no desire to work hands bare

Gives the job to another man

to look out from his easy chair

 

A poor man's son inherits grace

born of toil and sweat of his brow

He adjudged of hard earned merit

pushes on what body will allow

 

The rich man's son inherits greed

with what malice it may entail

Thinking others beneath his station

for lack of character he does ail

 

The poor man's son inherits kindness

which with all others level stands

Then asks the outcast bless his door

to share the fruit of his two hands

 

Heir to what is the rich man's son

tender flesh that fears the cold

To the poor never gives his time

nor dare he wear a garment old

 

Inheriting, it seems to me

what no good man would wish to be

 

Heir to what is the poor man's son

strong muscles and pounding heart

Chipped of a marble character

beloved by all he touched in part

 

Inheriting, it seems to me

what all good men would wish to be















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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
It isn't that rich people are per-say bad. Nor that poor people are good. It is the human condition that sets up society by stature. And counts wealth by monetary gain. Money is never happiness. Yet we are told all the time that it is. Look around you. See the multitudes rushing to amass their fortunes. And for what. Women who followed Gloria Steinem's ideals that you can have it all are miserable. Why? Because you can't have it all. You can't spend a life climbing the corporate ladder. Waiting to reach some plateau in your late 30s and then start a family. Children are not easy to raise. Nor cheap to keep in health and happiness. So why does money seem to make so many crazy and so many unhappy? Because money can't hold a hand. Money can't read a child's bedtime story. And money cannot make memories that last a lifetime. Shared life does that. Family does that. Descendants are the answer to selflessness. I cannot forget the look of a child's face who waited for dad to come pick him up when we were children. Only to hear again and again dad was too busy to come get him. How long do we think we will live? Not long. The dreams of happiness preached on wall street are the lies that will not live forever neither will we. The smiles of children stamped in the mint of memory are the coin of the realm of happiness!
Tate

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My man Tate..I have actually read this through more then once...it is to be reflected upon with more then a first glance. This understanding of being rich and having the world laid at your feet has for eternity been taken in stride...BUT...when you have toiled with your hands to bring your worth it is only then that you become RICH...those that believe the word rich applies solely to monetary gains are in fact poor...I would far rather be rich in mind and spirit enough to enjoy a fresh rain that has kissed the sweetest of roses bringing forth the decadence of scent burnt into memory that only a rose can bring then to be delivered a dozen cut, wrapped, or vased only to die...even then I would try to dry them so their existence is captured in time. I have often told men "Money neither impresses me or keep me...clothes do not make the man but are held together by a simple thread...it is the man himself do not have me find you lacking!" This said I would then ask who is truly rich and sorry to say really the poor..........

Posted 9 Years Ago


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So very true in your definitions of the rich and poor. Nothing more to say. You said it with style, class and charm. Bravo Tate.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Hi Dawn thank you . I dont dislike the rich. I dislike seeing poor walk the streets while we live in.. read more
Dawn

3 Months Ago

I know what you mean Tate, iam the exact same.
Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Thank you Dawn
Ya know the rich man can be so poor all he has is money.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Hi Cherrie Seems we have supplanted our religious views and our god has become money. I dont underst.. read more
Cherrie Palmer

3 Months Ago

Me either, we have taken keeping up with the Jones to a whole new level.
can we get an Amen? ;) we all need a healthy attitude toward material things for sure ...its not that money is bad ...its the love of money that does us in on so many levels ... we are so fortunate in the USA to be afforded the choices and choose to have the drive for one thing or another .. even the best Socialist inherently values the dollar by saying who and who doesn't have the "right amount" ..and you know darn well Bernie Sanders is not a poor man ... even the public "peek" at him ..tells us so ... there is a level at which we are disenfranchised ... many, many, many in the middle class struggled and are struggling to get past day to day, month to month living ... i think it isn't until one gets to a three month cushion that we can begin to explore our other "gifts" ... poets and artists throughout history have needed a wealthy counterpart to support them if they were to pursue their gift full time ... your poem and your notes have given me much to think about sir ... you have a tender caring heart says i! ;)
E.
ps. are you dusting off your bike yet? :))

Posted 3 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Gene I got the bike out yesterday and fired it up. Havent ridden it yet But its ready to go
Einstein Noodle

3 Months Ago

ahahahaha! tis the season you poet you! ;)
Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Thank you gene
Money can't buy those special moments. Time is everything when your children are young. Those who don't invest their time in family when they have them will regret it later on. They may be money rich but they will be poor in spirit. A lovely poem Tate with a strong message. All good wishes.

Chris

Posted 3 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Months Ago

Chritine I so agree if you wait till you are old to make up for time not spent with children you hav.. read more
I agree completely with your author's note besides thoroughly enjoying your poem. A lot could be discussed on the what brings or makes happiness and whether money can be happiness. From this poem, I derived another idea to add to this topic of happiness. Just like how people are most excited in preparation for a holiday only to feel longing on the holiday or after, in the earning of money and thus a sense of preparing for how it is spent, might be the form of happiness which money could bring. Again, there is much more on this topic than I will go into, but that is one thought that popped up after reading.
Thanks for making us think!

Posted 5 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Months Ago

Thank you chryiss The way I see it money can bring some comfort but with it comes fear The value o.. read more
Beautiful thanks for another beautiful poem

Posted 11 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

11 Months Ago

Thank you Julie much obliged
Like Wow! OMG, you are an exceptionally fabulous,down to earth beautifully well written author and pot. I honestly haven't done any reviews in the passed few years, you my dear frind have led me back to this cafe.i really do miss this place. Funny or rather ironic the way i stumbled my way through "my space" and found a haven called wr>terscafe.org l remember losing almost all of my writing during "the big crash" here, wben " charlie" came on to apologize t6 all of us, for he must have hit the wrong button, it was human error. Now I can tell you in my opinion, Charlie was a decent kinda guy. Humble, not arrogant / rude

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thanks Deb I too remember the crash it was quite painful I get along well with Charlie and I am glad.. read more
Lovely poem.
And you "Author's Note" is another poem... it is what i feel ...


Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you i find it is a trait we cannot deny
It isn't that rich people are per-say bad. Nor that poor people are good. It is the human condition that sets up society by stature. And counts wealth by monetary gain. Money is never happiness. Yet we are told all the time that it is. Look around you. See the multitudes rushing to amass their fortunes. And for what. Women who followed Gloria Steinem's ideals that you can have it all are miserable. Why? Because you can't have it all. You can't spend a life climbing the corporate ladder. Waiting to reach some plateau in your late 30s and then start a family. Children are not easy to raise. Nor cheap to keep in health and happiness. So why does money seem to make so many crazy and so many unhappy? Because money can't hold a hand. Money can't read a child's bedtime story. And money cannot make memories that last a lifetime. Shared life does that. Family does that. Descendants are the answer to selflessness. I cannot forget the look of a child's face who waited for dad to come pick him up when we were children. Only to hear again and again dad was too busy to come get him. How long do we think we will live? Not long. The dreams of happiness preached on wall street are the lies that will not live forever neither will we. The smiles of children stamped in the mint of memory are the coin of the realm of happiness!
Tate I liked your point of view

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you I am happy to have touched a soul here and there
this truly captures what society has made people think of status. Immediately you judge someone once hearing of their bank details - rich must mean posh and rude - poor must mean kind and thankful. This captures that wonderfully!

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Willa thank you for this kindness

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