My Friend

My Friend

A Poem by Tate Morgan
"

He is the greatest soul I have known. Born to hardship and through pain, he alone showed me the meaning to life.

"

George and Ann's wedding. Salvaged from 8 mm film.

He falters now where once trod firm

I helped him whenever I could

Here was he, whose favor I'd sought

frail body where the man once stood

 

My spirit soared and loves him still

he had heard my heart’s lonesome cries

When I was the child of few years

while he a man grown old and wise

 

His was the soul I based mine on

the kind spirit who loved me most

Strength of purpose flowed from his mind

now stands this vision like a ghost

 

I bear witness as time runs out

where once I advanced in his sight

Both by favor and through merit

his eyes beheld my future bright

 

In time may we all find our place

helping others achieve their dream

While I could only hope to be

held by someone in such esteem

 

He's lost none of his true spirit

that still holds to my heart so dear

I will follow where this heart leads

every day of every year




                               George and I at Tates Graduation 5/24/14





© 2018 Tate Morgan


Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Some of us have had the pleasure of meeting a selfless soul.And thankfully never forgot it .
I wrote this for my friend George whose heart led me through life. Would that I could grant him a few of my own years.
I feel the hand of time on my shoulder. Reminding me that life is precious! What is the value of a man? It has become quite evident that I will have to face this pending loss. I hope I can do this with the dignity befitting this man.
"Thank you George."

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I appreciate the strength in a man that can genuinely pay such an honest, heart true homage to someone. The positive flow and respectful tone spoken here is hard earned in humility and courage. May we all discover this in our lives.
You've learned well Tate, bravo.

Posted 9 Years Ago


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Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

I never got the chance to thank you for this as we werent able to do so 7 years ago when you wrote i.. read more



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Some friends are extra special. George was this to you. A lovely tribute to him.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you For 46 years he was the best friend I ever had
What a befitting tribute to a friend who has given his friendship unconditionally. Blessed be he who receives such love and support from a friend. Kindred spirits are a rarity in today's shortchanged world. Beautiful.

Posted 2 Years Ago


θεά 

2 Years Ago

I am sorry to know of his demise and I express sincere condolences at your bereavment.. May he rest .. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank You I am sure he would thank you as well.
θεά 

2 Years Ago

Best wishes. To both of you. Sincerely, M.
How much richer your life because of him. Such a gift that, iM sure, in times of your personal weakness, gave you the strength to overcome, due to his kindness, caring, and advice that might have guided you when you experienced that fork in the road. I know, from this touching write that you, as I, knows...Remember Never To Forget.."....Wonderful!....Barbz

Posted 4 Years Ago


Barbz

2 Years Ago

You are blessed with such memorys, I Know....I'm there
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

My friend passed away three days ago
Barbz

2 Years Ago

I've finally learned not to grieve but rather to celebrate what was. I will no longer let drama mess.. read more
This was an awesome write... very touching Tate!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

Thank you Aaron I am not on much of late I shall have to get back to writing again
Speechless I am...what a moving tribute you have penned here....

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you Rico he was and still is my best friend
A wonderful poem for your friend, clearly from your words I can understand what a great man he is, hope he will be with you for some time yet :)

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you Richard It is always a nice thing to have such an enduring friendship unswayed by the time.. read more
you will never replace your dad or a few uncles with the same insight
I have many memories of me as a boy talking to my great uncle mose a fine old man
my dad died when I was 19 just a month before I went into the army,the last one died last year
my aunt she was 73 and smart as a whip now the whole family has moved on

Posted 5 Years Ago


 wordman

5 Years Ago

yeah and they arapprecated
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

i wish they could be around as long as me but it seems many were older than i and hence meet their .. read more
 wordman

5 Years Ago

well tate that's what life is about,they teach us and help us grow when we spread our wings it`s tim.. read more
Great heart warming and honorable homage to a man that obviously
had a profound effect on your life! To say thank you is the right thing
to do and to carry him in your heart is a must, it's a life long
thank you! Thanks for sharing and b-blessed!

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you jamestown. I salvaged this film from an aging 8 mm that was taken in 1957 i think it was .. read more
Jamestown

5 Years Ago

That's so fantastic! I am so impressed, thanks for sharing:)
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you It is no less than an honor to do this for george as he has meant so much to me
Not only an homage of respect , and loyalty to a dear friend, this piece bridges the gap between age difference. To the younger generation, there are are great teachers out there, (usually not found in our government funded education curriculum) , but right beside you , you just have to listen, not only listen, but understand and embrace. To the older generation , i encourage them to be more accepting, not on values , morals, or common sense...heavens, that is the only thing we have left to hold onto, but music choices, piercings and moderate tattoos. I do not condone or condemn art in any form as expression, however by understanding the younger generation, instead of having this great divide,we all have a great deal to learn from each other. Perhaps if our future interacts with our pasts, mistakes won't be repeated over and over. The definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviors over and over again, expecting a different result...in summation...history repeating itself! Great piece Tate! You are the master!!

Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you Tim i met George when i was 13 he was maybe 40 or so We have been best friends from day on.. read more
The honesty of how highly you held that man is intimate and beautiful... It's wonderful that you reveal the actual people referenced in your poems.


Posted 5 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you I write of my own life and times and for those i love and wish to grant immortality to

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