A Poem by Tate Morgan

If a man needs rewarded in the end for deeds he should do by conscience there is something wrong with him.

Christmas 2012
Becky and I

Neither birth, nor death, escape pain

it starts with the babe's cry

Men wax and wane, throughout their reign

in the end just to die


 Through heat and cold we push onward

like Lemmings to the sea

Ever shore-ward, ever nor-ward

and on to victory


The weeks pass by without delay

and with them countless tears

As most I'd say, lament the day

that their months turned to years


What makes man something to behold

is not the after-life

It's in the gold, of stories told

and arms of the good wife


We need no promise from above

to tell us we'll be paid

By joys hereof, through souls we love

is man then measured weighed

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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
It has always bothered me the idea of being paid in the end for our good deeds that is. If a man needs rewarded in the end for deeds he should do by conscience there is something wrong with him. Kindness is it's own reward. Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

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As always, Tate, you ponder the imponderable. I don't suppose we'll ever know the answer to your questioning the rights or wrongs of performing good deeds. Suffice it to say that good deeds usually bring about positive results, and these should be reflected in our Karma. Better that than the destructive urges now being played out in the middle east, anyway. And if there is nothing after death, we lose nothing by being magnanimous.

Posted 9 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Pondering the Imponderables I will always do good works because kindness is its own reward Thank you.. read more
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THIS poem invites reflection on the transient and sometimes painful nature of life, while emphasizing the importance of relationships, personal stories, and the pursuit of joy in finding meaning and purpose. I really enjoyed reading this prose!

Posted 8 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Thank you EP Robles I appreciate that
E.P. Robles

8 Months Ago

:) It was a great pleasure reading this prose. I very much enjoyed it!

You have penned a most beautiful and lovely piece of brutally frank and candid truth!

I am one who does not support, advocate, nor believe in the evidenced existence of any form of Afterlife, though I am not against such said existence if it were to ever prove true in carrying forth our existence of essence beyond that rotting stench of decomposition that is the only true and factual reality our hearts, minds, and senses can witness as that which is commonly called the grave (see my articles, titled: He's Risen, He's Risen -- They Say-- But True Credibility Is ... & ... If The Life Is In The Blood ... as well as, Deception Is A W***e's Face Smiling), I would/will be all for it, and that for every single Human Being who has ever lived upon this Earth, for who am I to judge who is, or is not, worthy of such an After-death reality? ... It is my view that there is no God of Organized Religion, though I do believe there is something out there in the vastness of some place, some where, some how that Man has never met and shall never meet or commune with, and shall forever remain beyond Man's highly overrated significance of I.Q.'s intelligence realm of comprehension ... Thus, each other, as fragile all too mortal flesh and blood Human Beings is all that we have ... We must endeavor to do for one another, care for one another, assist, aid, and save one another lest that day come when Man's Mankind called Humanity finds itself undone and distinctly extinct ...

Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn de Graham

Posted 9 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

9 Months Ago

It will look like two television sets side-by-side two rectanguls touch that up will come a referenc.. read more
Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn de Graham

9 Months Ago

Cool! You are a good man Tate ... I sense that about you from a far distance ... Never allow anyone .. read more
Tate Morgan

9 Months Ago

Thank you I only follow my own sense of right and wrong. I’m not a follower I always blaze my own .. read more
this beautiful i shared this with wife and both had tears in our eyes/ thank you very much

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

ThAnk you Johnson I truly am humbled by that
Tate Morgan,
"Measured, weighed" Ample opportunity in the day to day of life; we all share this gift. Choices, voices- do we listen act? Motivation? Why do we do the acts, speak the words. Are we not accountable? Only to self? If not is the reward knowing we did the best we could with what we had? Send love along while we can. Thought provoking. Blessings, Kathy

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Thank you for stopping by Kathy I am touched that you liked it
Fantastic Tate! I really enjoyed this. I can relate, as I've recently, over the past few years have struggled with this seemingly instilled idea that there has to be some reward at the end of everything, that there always has to be a goal to reach, instead of simply, just living in the moment. and have to come to realize, that it's those moments that are the reward, not where we end up. If you haven't read any Alan watts, you may want to consider. He has a brilliantly simplified way of looking at things as such. Anyway... nice write!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Hey JB thank you for that yeah this was just one of those thoughts I had in passing so I created it .. read more
As usual, you write wonderfully.

I regret that I do not have more to say in this review.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Thank you Sorcha
I love your well-crafted poem with good rhyme, rhythm, & clear message. I also like your author's note, my sentiments exactly. I'm all about paying it forward. We don't get rewarded in some orderly fashion. We recognize our blessings in every unexpected corner of life. I like the way you've stated the pain of birth & death in the first stanza, as well as the lemmings in the second stanza -- all done with fresh originality. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Thank you The thought came from the idea that we should not do good with the expectation of buying .. read more

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