The Reaper

The Reaper

A Poem by Tate Morgan
"

I stopped to see my father today.

"


 Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. Mark Twain

 

I stopped to see my father today

as he lay on his third deathbed

The Reaper visited two times before

but my father refused to play dead


 

"Son he said. Come sit with me

for I feel it my duty to tell

It's not that I have found Heaven

but more over I didn't find Hell"


 

I suppose when a man nears his end

he fears for his immortal soul

My father thought the sins of his youth

would reap him a horrible toll


 

To all of us who have known success

from labors and pains endured

It isn't the end that fills our hearts

it's by the journey that we are cured


 

For a man knows nothing if not that

as he learns from life's long way

Through troubles faced and overcome

strength and character grows each day




It doesn't matter which God you believe

nor which Heaven your bus runs to

Grow your faith in your fellow man

and perhaps he can go there too

 





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Tate Morgan
Out from the black of eternal night shone a ray of light!

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How can I review, when you start out with Mark Twain staring me down? Will Rodgers he would of been easier,
or a wild thought Zappa, "Joe's Garage". You leave no room Fathers yours and mine have the edge, they could read,and not just books,Men , they would measure,the moment, the time, the gap in the man at the end of the hand,pressure, depth of eye,their force was knowing of the part out of line, by grace they would live and accept from others what they would not from you. The Bar was high for all, but we placed ours in our fathers will.

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

lee von cleef

5 Years Ago

lesson they don't teach anymore.
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

How true I remember after that his other saying I never knew drake needed a man in his life till you.. read more
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Children know they see right through facades they say what they feel



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Beautifully expressed... your words of sorrow speak of the age old wisdom

Doesn't matter whether one believes in God or not, heaven or hell, or whatever or what not... It matters only this much - whether one lived and whether one cared and helped his/her fellow men/women.

The journey is eternal and it goes on and on... as your lines so deeply say... the path is the destination and to keep walking is the goal. May he rest in peace!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you I myself think of it this way I judge a man by his works and deeds I care nothing for his .. read more
Nayan

4 Years Ago

Thank you sir. I feel and pray at this time. May the great soul reach where it has to go.
We.. read more
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May he rest in peace
and enter heaven with no question

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Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you Nisreenaa
B

4 Years Ago

Its gonna be alright
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It isn't the end that fills our hearts

it's by the journey that we are cured

I love these lines ......

I see so much wisdom in your poem ...... and sentiment



Posted 5 Years Ago


B

5 Years Ago

i know the feeling ......
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

I sent you a note
B

5 Years Ago

will check it out
A beautifully penned piece here Tate...I think we all remember our sins of youth..but through life's journey we eventually see that light toward the end..lovely write

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Yes it is the journey that heals us and so we find we are all on that journey
reallly good stuff here, good sir. glad I dropped by. some great thoughts too about life, and heaven, and elsewhere. very easy to read and understand

good stuff

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

I am metered rhyme poet. i use common language in uncommon ways
leppero

5 Years Ago

can't argue with the success of your style. fair play
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

thank you I hope you like them . I have about 240 of them here
mark twain a great story teller mr clements wasn`t born to far from me
and I guess the greatest writer in my mind
you wrote a classic here my friend

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you I am glad to hear you are a fan of his too and I agree he was thew greatest
 wordman

5 Years Ago

you are welcome tate
I am so glad that I stopped to read this Tate.
Excellent writing. Great message. Perfect story telling.


Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Hi Ana so nice to see you Thank you dear. I guess i was thinking of my father today he is in a wheel.. read more
Matching Socks

5 Years Ago

It's heartbreaking, I know. xo
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

thank you ana
Ah yes I know Mark Twain is your god no doubt about it....

Grow your faith in your fellow man
and perhaps he can go there too

I couldn't agree more, profound read Tate....


Posted 5 Years Ago


Frieda P

5 Years Ago

I doubt any of us will really know, until we get to wherever it is we end up, hopefully as stardust .. read more
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

I'm not one that beloved we should be good for the sake of possibly reaping rewards in the afterlife.. read more
Frieda P

5 Years Ago

Obviously not....you forget you were bad bad boy.... ;)
This is inspirational and full of wisdom.
The retrospect makes it powerful.
You left me with a desire to learn more.


Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Zeit man its been forever since i heard from you nice to see you again thank you
How can I review, when you start out with Mark Twain staring me down? Will Rodgers he would of been easier,
or a wild thought Zappa, "Joe's Garage". You leave no room Fathers yours and mine have the edge, they could read,and not just books,Men , they would measure,the moment, the time, the gap in the man at the end of the hand,pressure, depth of eye,their force was knowing of the part out of line, by grace they would live and accept from others what they would not from you. The Bar was high for all, but we placed ours in our fathers will.

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

lee von cleef

5 Years Ago

lesson they don't teach anymore.
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

How true I remember after that his other saying I never knew drake needed a man in his life till you.. read more
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Children know they see right through facades they say what they feel

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