A Lesson Learned

A Lesson Learned

A Poem by Tate Morgan
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How kind her teared eyes that hid the truth; from the lips that would never confess.

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Rode the train with my girl today

across the barn swept hollows

Past lush fields of emerald green

with the life and love that follows

 

The train car tapped out a lullaby beat

which spent our time lost in leisure

The smiles past came by with the peace

life's sweet gifts we couldn’t measure

 

A man had set across the aisle of us

he seemed so different from me

Clothes tattered, torn and weathered

homeless and likely worn hard was he

 

I couldn’t help but to take the notice

his features hewn and deeply lined

Drawing a map of where he'd been

red eyed he looked half blind

 

Something alone in his vacant stare

said It was me that he resembled

The thought had taken me a-fright

I looked hard, long and trembled

 

I saw my lover look over him too

noticed the hair might be the same

Except for straggling beard and decay

I had felt a deep sense of shame

 

Could that be what would happen to me

what fallen angel had led him astray

A nightmare vision of life’s full truth

eyes of pain in the heart they betray

 

Then my lover looked back upon me

her thoughts she sought hard to repress

How kind those teared eyes that hid the truth

from her lips that would never confess



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Tate Morgan
An introspective mirror of myself.

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wow I love that! The twist at the end caped it off beautifully: "how kind her teared eyes that hid the truth; from her lips that would never confess." At first glance I thought this would be another sappy poem about feeling bad about a homeless person but this poem/story was much more than that! I love how you wrote the imagery so well that it played like a movie in my mind.

Posted 10 Years Ago


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Rye
WOW!! This is so deep and heart tugging. I found this so touching as well. makes one think of what they have in their life. Nicely expressed

Posted 8 Months Ago


Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Thank you I try to make others feel by tagging along on the journey with me. Sometimes it works well.. read more
Life has a way of revealing itself to us. The compassion we show now has a way of coming back to us. Thank you for the revelation at the end, that resonated with clarity through your words. Simply a wonderful read, Tate!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you Kelly it is true we get back what we give out at times we don’t stop to think who it mig.. read more
An intrigueing poem.. going back a while. Wondering if you're the same man, Tate.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Hi Emma yeah I am
The same person. The kid who was always giggling about something lol love y.. read more
We never know. "there but for the grace of god" kinda stuff. At my age, looking at older souls, I wonder some time how much time I have left, and if I'm doing what I should be doing.... foolish thoughts and questions, wasteful perhaps. Tate, as always your poems speak to the heart of the reader and never fail to generate compassion. Thank you.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you Roark there but for the grace go I
beautiful poem and powerful ending!!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you marilyn. I am glad you liked it
You taught yourself a lesson about yourself.
And then shared it with us.

That's probably the most difficult lesson of them all.
Thank you for the lesson, and for the poem.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

thank you very much
If more people saw themselves in the downtrodden, we might do more to lift up each other.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

hi mom yep so true so true thank you
MomzillaNC

5 Years Ago

yw :)
oh wow.. sometimes life has those moments that make you stop and think and take a good hard look at yourself.. your life... your heart... your path, and past... I love the little emotional journey that you have just taken me on with vivid imagery and REAL, honest, profound emotion.. the ending is exquisite... I loved this one as well..

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you I remember this as if yesterday try as I might I knew time would catch me and beat me in t.. read more
AprilRN1210

5 Years Ago

yep.. some things just have that big of an effect on our souls...
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

thank you'
Well that ending was unexpected.. here I was being lulled by the train along with your infant..looking at the man..listening to your thoughts then… I had to read it again to see if I could change the ending lol
Powerful ending Tate.. Well Done !

Posted 6 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Thank you it was anything but easy to write let alone conceive
Renée

6 Years Ago

What I meant by reading it again to see if I can change the ending…. it was like those movies you .. read more
Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

thank you dear
Beautiful tate, one of my favorites by you. Love the story it tells.. the pictures you can see in your mind while reading, and the last part..breathtaking. Amazing work!

Posted 6 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Johanna Thank you that made me smile

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