Life's Laments

Life's Laments

A Poem by Tate Morgan

I spent this life a burning flame Forged eternally on the run I have only myself to blame For the things that I have done


Payton and I

My granddaughter Payton and I contemplating the mysteries of the universe.

Winds of change follow where I go

sirens cry o'er the sea

For what I wished I'll never know

songs they sing all speak to me


Had I missed a chance at ardor

to play, to run or to roam

Perhaps if I'd traveled farther

somewhere else I might call home


These the thoughts of a selfish heart

from love I could not render

Once loneliness had torn apart

all feelings that were tender


The hallowed heart I’d wished to find

most this life spent running to

Was never known to be too kind

longed for what it never knew


I spent this life a burning flame

forged eternally on the run

I have only myself to blame

For the things that I have done


These truths of life come slow to some

lessons I learned the hard way

It’s not the night that one runs from

it’s light of our darkest day


My wife has settled me a bit

such a handsome girl is she

She has my heart and well knows it

a better man lives in me


© 2021 Tate Morgan

Author's Note

Tate Morgan
I am forever looking back upon the road I traversed. I don't always like what I see. But I have for reasons unknown to me always been able to see the better angel of my nature. I look into the hopeful eyes of my granddaughter and see the beautiful soul of innocence. It is for that hope that I strive to be a better man.

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What a wonderfully sweet and honest write. I saw a few of my grandchildren yesterday. I don't get to see them often and even less soon, as they are moving to Alaska. So I treasure every minute. And what better catalyst to drive change in a human heart and soul than love? Great write, I enjoyed. F.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you Fabian . The depths of love I feel for my grandchildren it’s hard to explain. But of all.. read more
I can say that a picture can speak more then your words. I can sense strong connection and two souls at arms of love. Sometimes we should believe it life is really bliss. Then your words. I can see you got quiet smooth style and your expression are free but also very precise. There is your confession and reflection maybe something should be done better. But the end can have sweet taste. This is very good writing.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thank you so much
Isn't it amazing how true love makes us more. The desire to be what they need kicks in.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

I’m not sure who needs it worse? She or I? But I know we both love each other
Cherrie Palmer

3 Years Ago

I know that's true and completely beautiful. :)
I've never been happy with the road behind me but perhaps I just don't see the gifts and good times I've had enough. Great writing here, Tate. Children make parents see through a clearer lens sometimes.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you relic. I doubt many of us are proud of our past. We just go on and try to be better peopl.. read more
You have a very eloquent style. Beautiful poem with great imagery. Looking back causes me great pain still but I am hopeful some day that will change. Thanks for read request I truly enjoyed this!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Thank you Eileen I am one of those who o lay seem to learn and change the hard way I am hoping one d.. read more
some laments we don't want to hold .. others are a gentle pain .. love the rendition of the song .. with the strings i think it better than the young Bobby's :) we fall in love and all those old songs make sense ... we are hurt and its so crystal ...your 7th verse seems a little out of kilter for me .. "fun" seems to lessen something ...perhaps your intent !? this.. "It’s not the night that one runs from
it’s light of our darkest day" and your closing verse say it all for me .. well done says i! ...

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Thank you Gene i agree with you See what you think of the rewrite of the seventh verse
Einstein Noodle

8 Years Ago

yeh!! i think it fits well! love ya bro!
Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Thank you love you too thanks for the help on this one
A lovely poem Tate...written straight from your heart....great insight of the pure soul that is alive in each of us...I really like this one...

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Thank you so much Jane
It's a great secret of life, isn't it? The real secret to finding ourselves, is to surround ourselves with people who make us want to be a better person. That effort… that journey is so much more worth the taking than pursuing the baser desires most of us want to overcome. Great poem, as usual… simply wonderful. And, that photo is so very sweet.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

yeah and it automatically makes the connections for me to them all if you are on facebook take a loo.. read more

9 Years Ago

Cool! That URL doesn't work for me though. Did you glance at the few things I've posted on this site.. read more
Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

i will look
This amazing poem tate thank you for sharing your poems keep up the great work and keep them coming

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Thank you Melissa

9 Years Ago

You're welcome
This poem is so clean and pure, it flows like water down the page. I'm so happy to read about such a connected family. I absolutely love my family, and they hold me together. It makes me sad to hear about people who dislike or are estranged from their family. But the cute, quiet love embodied by this poem is one of my most favorite things.
Thanks for the great read.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

10 Years Ago

thank you I think I am truly fortunate to have the family I now have

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Added on July 27, 2012
Last Updated on September 19, 2021
Tags: poetry, romance, love, Life, Sad, adventure, mystery, pain, poem, story, death, fantasy, fiction, heart


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