A Poem by Tate Morgan

Their smiles define mans beauty; More than life could ever say.


Read of a simple man's work

one of meter and of rhyme

Whose tired footsteps echo

down the corridors of time


A torrid tale of longing

left by walks in thought and pain

Written for your reverence

not for authors only gain


For I'm a humble poet

of no specialty nor skill

Who sees the distant longing

of the child upon the hill


With days of constant labor

and long nights devoid of ease

I've seen the tops of mountains

Where the gods play as they please


Through haze and smoke deliver

my pen light upon the page

Records the music playing

from every day and age


To watch the gentle snowflake

alight soft on a child’s tongue

Releasing awe and wonder

of innocence in the young


While we the aged wonder

of moments no one could tell

Given no more to dreaming

our thoughts of where we last fell


For time is but an echo

of our loves felt, known and lost

Memories of our lives past

which were paid at such a cost


Let fly your soul immortal

stop to watch your children play

Their smiles define man's beauty

more than life could ever say



© 2020 Tate Morgan

Author's Note

Tate Morgan
When we dream is it not the playful longings of the child upon the hill? Do those dreams not define our life's search and desires?

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Oh God Mr Tate..i was so honored to review this masterpiece..
I would not expect nothing less from know as i read it
I was like on a stage and you asked me to read it out loud
how exquisitely lovely it will come..i swear ..i felt it like a sypmphony
each group of words sounded like they were so high in pitch and then it got low
how you dessicate life and time ,how you humble yourself..God you were made for poetry
those tired footsteps down the lane of time telling tales of pain and ache and tired bones
its a constant labor and long and lonely nights still i stood on top of mountains where God used to play
my words though so hazed they would light a hundred miles from here to eternity and yet more
time only told how love was felt and lost ,lives lived and passed and just at what cost
what loveliness..great symphony from beginning to end..true master poet you are my friend
lovely write..

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


A great poet presented the lovely piece with his natural humble tone.Children's smiles are really precious and they define man's beauty.I am very satisfied to be able to review the great work.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

thank you Zainul. I appreciate that.
I was struck by the words "For I'm a humble poet of no specialty nor skill," for indeed you are special with a special skill Tate. But I do understand the meaning of your message here and it has much merit.

How many times have I wished we could have all the poets we had years ago too.

Excellent writing, Tate.

Putting you in my personal hall of fame those years ago was no mistake.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

I'll take that advice and note it in my mind.
Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

I use to help friends find mates online. i gave them a few pointers . First by forty dont date anyon.. read more

1 Year Ago

Sounds reasonable to me. More good advice. :)
Beautifully done, very touching and inspiring for this old man that time has escaped, leaving only white hair and memories of those younger days ...

your friend, as always,


Posted 6 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much Marv I am humbly honored
This poem is hitting on all cylinders: Rhyme, meter, message, word choice, imagery . . . on & on. Most poems have a weak stanza or two, but not yours here, my friend. This is so strong, thru-out. I'm quite blown away. I love the tone of resignation & wonder blended, as the narrator draws portrait after vivid portrait of so many things that bring a smile to our faces, connecting us, appealing to the common sense of humanity within us. Love this poem!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

7 Years Ago

Thank you very much I do like to stick to strict metered rhyme im glad you liked it
You succeeded in incorporating beautiful language in a rhyming poem. Like!

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Thank you thus is one of my earliest works
Tate, if ever we could more accurately measure our success as fathers, mothers, teachers, this would be the way to do so. In the smiles of our children. So many things we use to measure our successes and our failures. If we solely used the smiles of our children, then there world would see far more successes. You sir have succeeded in creating a measurement of your skill as a poet and also captured what it is to search for and achieve our dreams. Excellent penning my friend.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Thank you Derrick that is a most lucid thought. Recently my friend deb came down with cancer and in .. read more

8 Years Ago

And I am sure that even today, the memory of that kite would make her smile. A memory created when s.. read more
Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Lets hope For i think she is going through what I cant even imagine
He shoots, he scores!!! This write is awesome, I could never get enough of
your work, the thought put in to create something so beautiful is amazing, but
then to be able to execute that thought they way you do with
so much passion and truth is a God given gift!!!
Bravo my friend, this is the game winning shot! Thanks for sharing and b-blessed

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Thank you sir . I wrote this a while back as i watched my own son playing in the snow
well, there's sleeping dreams, waking dreams and then there's creative dreams... I'd say this probably sums up all of them.
If they leave an infinite smile on your lips, mind and heart, then all the contentment eternity has to offer.
Happy Holiday wishes to you and your family.

Posted 11 Years Ago

I love it:) Very heartfelt!

Posted 11 Years Ago

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Added on November 22, 2009
Last Updated on October 22, 2020
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