Farewell and Happy Be

Farewell and Happy Be

A Poem by Tate Morgan

He thought that no one cared for him no reason could he see "I envy nobody, not I and nobody envies me"


There dwelt an old and simple soul

beside the river near

He worked and sang from morn till night

for nothing he did fear


He thought that no one cared for him

no reason could he see

"I envy nobody, not I

and no one envies me"


But oh so wrong was he said I

so wrong as wrong could be

"If my soul could be light as yours

I'd gladly trade with thee"


I asked him then "what makes you sing

in voice so loud with glee

I be rich, though my heart is poor

the beauty I can't see"


"I owe no man not even one

a simple man I be

My house is small, my clothes unkempt

though I at least be free"


"Good sir" said I and sighed awhile

"now it is I who see

You are the one to be admired

farewell and happy be"


© 2018 Tate Morgan

Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Can anyone truly know the heart of another? I have found wisdom in the most unlikely places.

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what a great place you have created ..for me to stop and rest a spell ;)) love the Band ..the song (one of my favorites!) the pic reminds me of a man i met while "on the road" ...he was no "bum" ..not by a long shot ..he simply chose a simple life with little hindrances but rich in smiles .. your poem is in your folksy style and tells the man's story while giving him a bit of tribute he deserves ..not a hitch in the flow and rhyme for me ..nice one sir!

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Hi Gene thank you The older I get the more I come to see this as a truth I watch my own nephew climb.. read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Years Ago

forget the price of the house ...have they become so dismissive ad to ignore the "never...never, eve.. read more
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Yeah well he works for google she is a lawyer go figure I agree get married before u buy a house tog.. read more
Tate found this again and love it more now than the first time I read it. Valentine

Posted 3 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thank you Kathy I too had forgotten it for a long time I need to start writing again
A wonderful piece, where the lesson is clear. How a man with so little had everything in fact. And loved he must have been, even though he could not see. A beauty Tate!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Oh...my...gosh. I dont really know what to say about this one. I just read this one aloud to my boyfriend with a smile on my face and a hint of a tear in my eye. What a beautiful poem. Not only is the message or moral beautiful, but the way you worded everything is just...I am speachless! There is nothing I can say that will do this poem justice. All I can say is thank you for the great read.

Posted 7 Years Ago

You were right tate I love it .. and where i am right now it touched my heart more then everthank u for sharing this beautiful write

Posted 7 Years Ago

Emotion stirring, Sire.
Everything, your words, the photo, the music background is perfect together.
I had the encounter of Diogenes of Sinope and Alexander the Great in my mind while reading the poem.
Such wisdom you shared, Thank you.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Flawless rhyme and meter. Great flow and content.
Wonderful story.
Well written, as always, Tate.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Is true that some just require, or want, much less than others.

Good meter and rhyme... easy read. Very well done.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Happiness in in the unlikeliest places.
I just finished reading a book that spoke of the profound happiness of those who are willing to let the world go...

Posted 7 Years Ago

You make it sound effortless.
Great poem.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on April 15, 2011
Last Updated on September 22, 2018
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Marion , OH

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