The Garden Of Tears

The Garden Of Tears

A Poem by Tate Morgan

He practiced disdain for mankind. Never giving himself to another. Closed away his heart and mind.




Near the road a cemetery bloomed

in the ancient noon day light

An old man stood to his task

of tending graves each night


He had spent his youth working

too afraid to spend emotion

Took all he could from everyone

but gave no love to the devotion


Romance was not his forte

he practiced disdain for mankind

Hardly giving love to another

closed away his heart and mind


Thinking life to be a race

he had pushed his way along

Took from the world no pleasure

he whistled but heard no song


Now retired and long lived

he thought himself to be paid

To have outlived all the others

was reward for plans he'd made


As he looked to stones he tended

for all those he'd known in life

An old dream ached in his chest

for words written to his wife


She had once been his true love

the only one he had known

Lost to another in his youth

he was aged, but never grown


Now his tears water her grave

stones of family, oh so few

The dreams of lost love fading

wonders of life he never knew


Called to rest some time ago

he lies cold among his peers

A shadow on winter's night

walks the graveyard of his tears



© 2018 Tate Morgan

Author's Note

Tate Morgan
What is a life for? If we cower from truly living are the extra years truly living?

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This is really sad. Poor guy. The person he loves is dead. This is a great poem with a magnificent plot. Thank you for entering my contest :P
hopefully the man doesn't go psycho like some people in the past and dig her up... O.o

Posted 8 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Months Ago

Thank you Sarah
love this thanks for entering this into my comp

Posted 10 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

10 Months Ago

Thank you Julie smiles
I like this Tate, and your choice of music-- perfect!

Posted 11 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

11 Months Ago

Thank you Nolo it is a tale of a wasted life
this tremendous poem love it
love the music
love the pic
thanks so much for entry into my comp and good luck !

Posted 11 Months Ago

Tate Morgan

11 Months Ago

Thank you Julie I am partial to it myself
thank you so much for sending this link Tate! from start to finish chills ran up and down my face and arms .. the song is brilliant ... its a very special gift to well tears up so immediately in a poem .. well done sir! one of the best i have read from you ...
ps. anyone with 1/8th of a heart is moved by this one sir ..very well done ..

Posted 3 Years Ago

Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

i have an affection for cemeteries ... especially those of age ... have visited some ancient in the .. read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

congrats on your contest win!!! read this again and enjoyed it even more ..there are a few who love .. read more
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thank you Gene this one speaks to
Me as well of the wasted life pursuing riches over love
This is so sad, afraid to live, enjoy life and your years just waste away and you look back and regret wishing you could take back time. This is such a sad reality.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

How true this is the fate of all who place money in front of love thank you
Observing and experiencing the universe, from sushi to pisces, is truly living.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thank you Roland It is a sad thing to see a man waste his life away
Well written Tate,
Sad is the life, not well lived..

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Such a waste and to think we only have one chance to get it right thank you

3 Years Ago

I understand..but maybe more important than getting it what we do with our mistakes? Thou.. read more
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

thank you dear
This is quite honestly the best poem Ive read in a long, long time. This could be like professionally published. Seriously

Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Yes it is I have been very lucky to get along so well here I am a rhyme and meter poet in the 8 yrs .. read more

4 Years Ago

wow thats rlly good! did you publish with a company or inependently?
Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

I published mine independently it took five yrs to publish the first one
I haven't seen a more effective metaphor then the title of your poem.

"Garden of tear" Title could have been no better then this

Brillant! A poem puffed up with utter sadness and darkness.


Posted 4 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you it certainly is a sad tale of woe to waste ones life in the pursuit of length not breadth

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Added on August 25, 2009
Last Updated on October 22, 2018
Tags: poetry, phylosophy, Life, Sad, adventure, mystery, pain, poem, romance, story, death, fantasy, fiction, heart, love


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