One Father to Another

One Father to Another

A Poem by Tate Morgan
"

Behind those eyes then rose a tear the first blood I had ever drew From the depths of his tiny soul where innocence bid me adieu

"

Son Tate

Each day my son with thoughtful eyes

looked up to me through his laughter

Knowing I would be kind and wise

from that time and ever after

 

 

Once bitten from pain of divorce

I had shed teardrops of my own

From depths my boy had drug me back

he had never left me alone

 

 

Then came the moment I had feared

when my temper did hurt my son

Deep like the pain from my divorce

left me to ask, "what have I done"

 

 

Behind those eyes there rose a tear

the first blood I had ever drew

From the depths of his tiny soul

where innocence bid me adieu

 

 

Fearing grief would hinder his sleep

and not knowing what I should say

I looked to find him in slumber

there beside our picture he lay

 

 

Asleep in pain his eyes had closed

I felt my heart begin to moan

A sole tear lie upon his cheek

where I left a few of my own



So now whenever I am asked

to bless him with my permission

I think on what I lost that day

when I forced on him submission




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Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Whenever my son asks for my permission I always ask myself now, who will it hurt if I say yes? If the answer is only myself I always say yes. A lesson I learned the hard way. It seems I learn best that way. I should say the reference in this poem to blood being spilled was metaphoric, not literal. In this case I had just lost quite a bit in the divorce and was distraught. Little Tate just wanted my attention. When he started nagging me I turned on him and launched a tirade his way. The look on his face as a tear arose from his soul was heart wrenching. Having never seen me so upset he was devastated. The barb launched his way rebounded off his innocence to strike me dead center in my own heart. I had broken both our hearts. If ever an experience wrung the very water from my soul, this was it!

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This is such a tender, yet profound piece... I FEEL each word.. I feel each tear.. I feel the anguish.. oh my goodness.. I literally have chills right now.. I feel the depth at which you love this precious blessing.. It is pure, it is unconditional, and it is real.. This is my absolute favorite piece I have had the pleasure of reading on this site... You are truly talented, my friend... AMAZING!!

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

AprilRN1210

5 Years Ago

well, it poured brilliantly.. Thank you for sharing this with me.. I absolutely love it.. LOVE it.. .. read more
Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

I love my children But Tate holds a special place in my heart he and he alone went through my divorc.. read more
AprilRN1210

5 Years Ago

I can feel that love shine through every tear soaked word sir and it touched me deeply.. I know you .. read more



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Oh yes that fits the bill quite nicely:) You had no need of the explanation note your words in this poem bled every milliliter of your shared tears in its expression. Every element of poetry that I like is in this piece and the silent one... the one I love most the beauty of truth that can only come from a sincere hand flies from the page and straight to the heart as it did yours in your revelation

Posted 1 Month Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Month Ago

Thank you Robert. I would say almost every poem ive written is about my own life in someway or anoth.. read more
A heartfelt, but with power in its read. Feeling the words come true to life as this is about you and your son in the moment. Felt it all throughout reading, and can only imagine the pain and saddness your son felt when the unexpected happened. Relatable for many of similar or same circumstance.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you it was quite the defining moment in my
Life
this is heart gut wrenching and i love it, its so beautifully written paired with my fav singer iris. Ive loved her for years and years. I love your poem, thanks for entering into my competition.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Juliespenhere

1 Year Ago

welldone i think you won an award, good work love iris dement too
Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thanks she’s one
Of my favorites
Juliespenhere

1 Year Ago

grand ol opry and our town is my fav
Oh this is almost heart breaking! But I know just how you feel. I have 'turned' on my children in the past too, and seen those metaphorical tears of blood. What agony for a parent to see! But children are very resilient, and in a way it is good that they see you are human. They are learning lessons too, just like us (I still am!) Your last verse is full of pathos, but I don't think the father should be so hard on himself. One more verse perhaps? A bit more forgiving? But I thought your poem was very well done, and very moving.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Astri thank you I have been working almost non stop since last we talked. I wanted to respond to thi.. read more
As the many thousands of hits attest, this fine write deserves all the admiration it's received. But, with Marie now gone I will play the unwilling villain. As Marie would have pointed out (very kindly) Excellent poetry should partner with good grammar. Case in point: Fourth verse 2nd line ""The first blood I had ever drew." As Marie would have been quick to point out: Tense Tate! Correctly It should read either: "The first blood I ever drew": or "the first blood I had ever drawn. Please keep Marie from rolling over in her grave! She loved your poetry and I'm sure she still does.
Still an amazing piece of work (if only I could write as well!)

Posted 1 Year Ago


0 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you David I understand your correction. Thanks for reading it. hard to believe she is gone now.. read more
Congratulations on your first place crediting Tate. Very well deserved might I add.
This piece of writing was profoundly emotional and I am humbled that you shared this experience.

Thankyou for the read. It was awesome in it's entirety.

saphy (x)

Posted 1 Year Ago


Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much it is hard to admit when you make a mistake
congratulations on your 1st place Tate! Well done!
E.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

same to you my friend..and Happy Safe New Year too!
Tate Morgan

1 Year Ago

Many thanks in getting into Christmas as usual
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

you noticed!!! why thank you sir ...it is a fun, worthwhile sharing amongst us all ... so happy for .. read more
a inspiring and heart felt write tate,i enjoyed the read..

Posted 3 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

Thank you it was one of my greatest laments. I guess i regret more than I like
 wordman

3 Years Ago

we live and learn,can`t always be right!
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

how i know it
I know this feeling
Only i have a thought
Our kids learn to forgive
from our mistakes

Nonetheless its not ok to error but it is human
So long as our mistakes are not morbid

Our kids learn we are human
And they are angels
teaching us to be angels too

This is extremely special

The first poem that has truly touched me within

I am not a perfect mum
I know what you are feeling
and its ok

If anything it will strengthen your bond ..... and i am crying

Posted 4 Years Ago


Lingering Soul

4 Years Ago

Well then you must be here to teach me in seeing a beautiful future with my son
Thank youread more
Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

I raised him and his sister both the same never laid a hand on them save for this one verbal one tha.. read more
Lingering Soul

4 Years Ago

You are a great father :)
A lifetime of loss and regret abated by a fathers Love, tenderness and consideration. The wounded amongst us, equipping our innocents with battle gear, changes who they are. I experienced this with my grandson, Tage. I insisted we come to our senses......Barbz

Posted 4 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

A smart man learns from his mistakes while a wise man will learn from yours
Barbz

4 Years Ago

So true, Tate....I was so naive when I moved from New York City to Palos Verdes Estates, Calif, with.. read more
Tate Morgan

4 Years Ago

THANK YOU BARBZ

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Added on April 26, 2011
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