Ole McGarty  "In Honor of Gentleman Jim"

Ole McGarty "In Honor of Gentleman Jim"

A Poem by Tate Morgan

"You know boys" he would always say "why if there's one thing I am not" "Attention grabbing back stabbing" "but I've won every fight I've fought"


Jim McGarty

Jim McGarty 84 yrs old Picture from 1985 Quad City Downs.

McGarty twisting a new tale

his feet on the pot belly stove

There in the barn, he'd spin a yarn

piling on like a treasure trove

"You know I don't think I told you

how I won the second World War

Ole Ike, needed help with the Reich

and he looked to me and the corps"


"Now the country had called on me

Ike wanted us to break the line

So I told Dwight, schedule a flight

just drop us this side of the Rhine

Then my men and I took the field

laying waste such a German swath

Led all the men, yep there and then

survived only on bread and broth"


"Well we sought no recognition

I let Ike spin his fairy tale

We were fine, drinking Hitler’s wine

just happy to blaze the trail"

Jim had a weakness for the blondes

touting one on each of his arms

"Easy to see, why they like me

they're after me lucky charms"

He had claimed many a patent

while inventing all the great things

Held universities, degrees

knew all the heads of states and kings

Jim served in World War One and Two

circumnavigated the globe

Hung out on the Nile, for awhile

invented Nasa's first space probe



"You know boys" he would always say

"there are a couple things I'm not

Attention grabbing, back stabbing

though I've won every fight I've fought"

When the iced wind blew through the trees

we would gather ourselves around

That smiling face, McGarty’s place

where he entertained half the town

© 2018 Tate Morgan

Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Gentleman Jim:Teller of tall tales and whimsical dreams. He was the epitome of our childish inner selves.Take a bow McGarty. You were one of a kind and the worlds greatest storyteller.

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You have such a knack for rhyming Tate. This is a great tale. As I read the part with Hitler's wine I smiled and said yup, being I've read some history of WW2. Great writing, Tate.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you Relic I like to immortalize those who have made their impressions upon the heart. Coin of .. read more
Geart write. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of writing.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Gs thank you for stopping by and reading it. Jim was a great storyteller
congrats on the contest win ..sure enjoyed the home spun quality of your poem Tate! humor and truth do make a strong weave don't they

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Thank you Gene yes characters abound all over
an endearing story and person but what poetry! you're an awsome poet Tate. love your rhyme.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Thank you Woody I try to do justice to the man as best i can
Goodness! This reminds me of Sweety, an old friend of my grandparents. He used to spin such tales for everyone who came to his gas station and general store.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

There is one in every town I think lol thanks

9 Years Ago

yw :)
This is awesome poem keep up the great work i can't wait to read more i love reading them

Posted 10 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

10 Years Ago

thank you melissa

10 Years Ago

Your welcome
This is great Tate Love it too. Though I have won every fight I have fought. Awesome write here!

Posted 10 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

10 Years Ago

Thank you Ole farley was like part of the furniture of our lives
It's amazing how such stories warm the heart. The storytellers are the dreammakers and give wing to flights of fancy in the minds of children, and it is always with fondness that they are remembered. I simply adored this tapestry of words.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

10 Years Ago

thank you so much

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Added on September 4, 2012
Last Updated on July 20, 2018
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