Old Man

Old Man

A Poem by Tate Morgan
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Where grass and bending flowers Grew once like the weeds The field empty and barren For lack of sowing seeds

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The old gray man alone now

attends to his dusty fields

Watering the emptiness

where the land no longer yields

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He wove his web of fashions

from the tears his pains had sprung

Where once he sang of starlight

back when both their hearts were young

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Then came the winds a-calling

turned to run a-hoping sure

To reach where she was lying

 sharing pains they'd both endure

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The gales did blow around him

precious memories, he'd miss

Drops would fall upon his lips

those that hers would never kiss

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Where grass and bending flowers 

grew together like the weeds

Lie meadows all but barren

for the lack of sowing seeds

______________________________

The blushing, blowing Poppies

that once grew all around near

Fill the fields with memories

of the love he once lost here

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Each time he treads on his land

howling, sow-west winds a-blow

Not belonging, feels the longing

 mercy only God may know







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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
I knew a man like this once. His life all but lived. He patiently waited for the end.Which wasn't long in coming. Children give us the legacy that makes the bitterness of our short life more tolerable

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This is one of the finest piece of poetry that, that I ever came across on this earth. What, flabbergasts me is not only the structure, but the story, that touches my heart.

This masterpiece is like nothing. Your note, deeply moved me. Indeed, kindness and humanity is something that can be felt, by everyone. In a nutshell,

"Compassion is an universal language''

Thanks, for bringing to fore this, piece.

Devanshu

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Dev I thought i had responded to this from you I see i havent.
Devanshu Rajput

2 Years Ago

I'm glad you responded late, because this way, I got to read your piece again.

You're.. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you young man



Reviews

Staggeringly beautiful man! ... I think that shortness of life makes everything we have that's good in this world infinitely more precious.
We are walking in paradise. And the very 2nd we collectively wake up to it ... well, look at that. You got me rambling like a fool.
I blame your poetry lol
I'll read it again from time to time, it's what I do. I wouldn't listen to a great song just the once. And I love poetry more than music :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

I see them as one in the same it is why I use metered rhyme. It is the long last narrative that we r.. read more
paperfox

1 Year Ago

I prefer poetry because it leaves it all down to my own imagination. But music is still up there. I .. read more
Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

LOl yeah we will get along you and i I am a firm believer in making poetry as short as possible Ofte.. read more
Thank you Tate for a tender, heartfelt tale. You have mezmorized this reader!

Regards,
Al

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Al I am sorry this took so long to respond to My father passed away and I have not been my.. read more
Alfred Kukitz

2 Years Ago

My sympathies Tate.
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Alfred
Oh my
I have no words

I am sorry i am supposed to write something

But i have no words


Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I love both I had a great great grandmother live to 102 smoked cigars drank cussed and gambled all h.. read more
Lingering Soul

2 Years Ago

lol ..... waw
She sounds like a very interesting one lol
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Oh yeah this was her http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/aristate/1054001/
I often wonder how life would be if you outlived all your loved ones. This sad and lonely man with his barren fields and barren life bring thst thought back. Bitterness generally grows and flourishes like the weeds. As we grow older, separation seems to be even harder on the soul. Have you ever noticed how soon one spouce dies after the other if they are old? This is lovely and you should be proud of this finished product.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you I agree it is often the case that those who have been together for a lifetime cannot survi.. read more
I can feel the work and rework in this one, a very emotive story Tate, however long it took, it was well worth it to persist with this deeply reflective work. Your persistence paid off with a poem to be proud of. Chris P

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Chris I tortured myself over this one. Never quite right I would fuss over it hour after h.. read more
Christopher Vivian

2 Years Ago

You did well, I have quite a few I'm still mulling over. Hope I can give them life as you have here... read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Chris
I have to agree that this a great work that was masterfully delivered and penned to perfection. Probably one of the best reflective poems I have read.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you rico I just got up have been working this weekend thank you It took 6 yrs to perfect this .. read more
Rico X

2 Years Ago

Wow...now that is an accomplishment.....
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Gee
Stunning write Tate,loved it from the first word to the last.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

thank you gee thank you
Gee

2 Years Ago

Absolutely my pleasure
Tate this is amazing, such beauty and grace in a tale so sad and longing for some kinda light to give the old man hope, a truly wonderful poem from a man who is now a master of the art, well done Tate :)

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you it is the culmination of 6 yrs of tooling it around I have rewritten it hundreds of times .. read more
well done Tate! a sad lament indeed .. your poem has sprung fresh tears to my heart and a lump in the throat .. finely done! love the music as well .. i read things like this and want to just sit here for a while with it .. so i did ... and thank you for sharing!
a funny thing (honestly) this morning in my alone time my thoughts wandered to wonder at how and when my time might come .. a good thing says i! .. and i am blessed at the fields before me each day seem glorious just because i am in them ;) and my children/grandchildren are alive and well .. i i have my prayers to breath .. wonderful poem Tate!
E.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Einstein Yes we are blessed to be above ground and still able to appreciate the simple thi.. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I have worked on this poem 6 yrs and hundreds of rewrites It finally is done i think
Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

well worth the effort and wait says i ! i think it is very fine!
Long worth the wait a great write indeed bitter sweet romance is all I have So I can relate.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Hi Smitty I thank you it sure has been a long time that i have worked on this one

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Added on May 3, 2010
Last Updated on September 22, 2017
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