An Epiphany

An Epiphany

A Poem by Tate Morgan

I have a friend who claims that she will return here reborn one day The essence of morality carved from out of the clay

Payton and I

I have a friend who says that she

will return here, reborn one day

The essence of morality

bereft of our mortal decay


She claims only those who believe

will be allowed to live here then

This tapestry her god will weave

from all faithful women and men


I have a little misgiving

that I pose to a faithful few

What is it makes life worth living

if not the character we hew


Tolerance be the holy way

humility tempers us true

So why curtail what others say

as if this world were just for you

Our religions seem a bit grim

even somewhat selfish at best

Save ourselves by worshiping him

and to hell with all of the rest


No good man worships another

nor our father wish that from you

He'd rather you helped your brother

as any good father would do

If the word be truth, let it shine

and echo out over the seas

May the dreams be both yours and mine

as the winds that blow through the trees


© 2021 Tate Morgan

Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Born and raised a Catholic I still find I often think on this conundrum. Why would a god want worship anymore than a father of his children? It would seem counter productive for a god to demand worship of you at the same time telling you as a father to be humble. God did not give me a brain to follow others like sheep. It would be wrong not to use it to question the concepts we hold dear. If this upsets someone I am sorry. Not for the idea but for the injury. I am forced by nature to question all we hold dear.

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Yes, this is an issue of much controversy.
I think that in the trying and illuminating times we are living... it's becoming clear that religious organizations, while maybe having good intentions, simply create sheep. It occurred to me that most religious people consume the same things as the heathens, and the same consequences of the mindless consumption of the planet, cannot rationally be called 'righteous'.
So, what is the difference between the two? I see nothing.

I am reminded of a BlackSabbath song that is very spiritual, even christian, and one line says;
'are your thoughts so small, that you have to fall, in with the pack wherever they run?
will ya still sneer when death is near, and say the may as well worship the sun?'
That is how I feel really,
I don't think your poem is anything but illuminating. Salvation, reincarnation, spiritual transcendence, ... none of this will occur because we went to church, or did nice things, or got baptized.
It will happen when we correctly interpret our incarnation, through proving it, just like Jesus said.
Good work, Tate.
This one was a bit of a different twist for you!

Posted 11 Years Ago

5 of 5 people found this review constructive.



As I have shared with you, I am not an advocate or supporter of Organized Religion, though I spent many years as a Baptist Preacher wherein those years of in depth research and study revealed to me that which the Church does know historically of that man they have dubbed as Jesus in embracing the Gospels (literally: God-Spell) as magically mythological accounts (accounts which the Catholic Encyclopedia confesses were anonymously written & the RCC gave them their names of today) of Jesus the Sun-God's life and execution by the Romans via crucifixions which was the mandated Roman punishment for those found guilty of sedition and open revolt against the occupation forces of the Roman Empire ...

Religion, as with so many other things regarding the affairs of Mankind, is a form of supremacism, a form of presuming oneself to be better than others, above others, more worthy than others, with those others being relegated, in one's snooty snobbery laden self-righteous mind, to a lower level of worthiness, righteousness, and sinlessness, even to that of a sinner's Hellfire where a God who loves them shall roast them alive forever without end, without pity, and without mercy, as those better than thous look on in glee of witnessing Human Beings suffering in agony that shall have no end ... Poppycock & Horse Manure is that which all Religion is made of ... This is a most excellently written piece of poetry ...!

Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn de Graham

Posted 1 Month Ago

If only religions could agree on some basic principles, like helping fellow msn and woman and do some good, rather than telling us what we do wrong, as in anything they don't agree with, then all it succeeds in is division, and we already have enough of that to go round.
We can only hope, like everyone else, that treating people like how we wish to be treated is a small step in the right direction and that we set a good example for our future generations to learn and grow from.

Posted 3 Years Ago

FOUND IT! It was worth my lengthy search, too.
I'm one who was raised to believe. I can't remember any time when I was unaware of God, who was, and is, to me, my Father in heaven.I have felt his presence and I hear and feel His breath in the wind. I see Him in everything around me, the works of His hands astonishes me daily.I have just always known he existed, always was aware of Him.

Posted 3 Years Ago


3 Years Ago

It will. Just don't try to force're a writer, man, and you can't lose that. It's in your DN.. read more
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

I howled you are right

3 Years Ago

Ewe will's awl inn side ewe.
A worthy sentiment beautifully expressed.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Thank you Johari Nice to hear that today
Another amazing poem tate Keep up the great work and keep them coming

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

thank you melissa

8 Years Ago

You're welcome
It is always difficult to write about belief. I am an agnostic, their may or may not be a God. If there is one then he or she ( I think ) will forgive all, and not care about individual belief. The rest is revenge.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Oh I so agree with thus each if us is a pieceof the life on earth each a member of the chorus from w.. read more
Interesting. Christians are not
heathens if they show no love then they are not a Christian
if they can't love someone who Hates them then either
they are not a Christian or they need God's help but there is a major
problem if we can't love as Jesus loves I can love someone that
hates me because of Jesus a Christian loves not hates there
is some that pretend to be Christians and are not careful someone can love
me or hate me but if they hate mi love them more is how I am hate means no
love and can't imagine not showing love it would kill me.

There is a Hell but it was created for the devil
and his dominos.

PSALMS14:1 THE fool hath said in his heart,
there is no God.

JEREMIAH 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

JEREMIAH 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

so if they heart is wicked and we have not accepted him
or turned from our sins and we reject him he will Reject us
and you can only pray for those but Atheist Cuss God and say his
name in Vain that is spiting on god when they Say Oh my G I say goodness
or other things that are not cuss words cuss defiles our temples inside of us
The holy Ghost ill not live in a unholy temple and we cause ourselves to go to
hell if we choice to stay in sin and ignore god and live selfishly for us and not for him
or not forgive and repent and that means turn away from sin when we repent
maybe so but many feel Religion will save them it is Jesus the relationship we need not
the religion and the bible isn't a religion may church's are lying and not teaching what they
are supposed to and turning away from the word of god not all of them but there is one's that are.

and I don't trust Religions like catholic Mormon Jehovah
witnesses and many others many are being lied to and even one's will deceive you
and are not following Jesus they are following the devil so I stay
close to god so I am safe witchcraft Pagan is wrong it is doing magic
Spirit guides I thought were safe but I saw more evil then you could
even know just as One's that think Ghost are someone that died
they are Demons they can take any form even a family member
I have seen Hell it is frightening I dreamed about it I felt it
and it was real with seeing and hearing those things people think are ghosts
earth isn't bad this is a cake walk so if it isn't God or a angel I stay away
even Horoscopes Zodiac signs are bad I don't let that predict my life God
tells my past present and Future.

God pushed me away from Catholic
Churches I get bad feelings from them
when you don't feel od there run many Catholics
were taught to pray to Mary and angels like worshiping
I had to learn it was wrong I don't worship angels but through
prayer you can pray to your Guardian Angel but I don't worship
them and I never trusted Confessing to a Priest in a Catholic church
only to Jesus God has always guided me away from the wrong things.

Now if this offends anyone I am sorry not my intention.

a Heathen is
of or pertaining to heathens; pagan.
irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized.

Love the Sinner hate the sin.

I do know God hates evil as he isn't evil
he is pure he is all powerful loving Righteous
god but he is also the Judge what ever he decides
then we can do nothing about it.

But I know nothing has happened as he
is giving one's a chance to repent and turn
from sin and follow him.

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8 Years Ago

Animals have a soul as we do but they didn't created us if we have any Similarities it is because go.. read more
Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Yes i have owned a aloh plant it is good for healing I respect your views and tip my hat in deferenc.. read more
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You join me in my Catholic in recovery I see , I have a faith unshakable in my creator but I do not believe that he send us to some fire filled pit if we are non believers for I believe in our doubts our faith is at its strongest

Posted 8 Years Ago

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

That i can understand For me he created life set it in the rules of nature and let it be to see if i.. read more
This is a beautifully written and thought-provoking poem. For all of those who worship "God" for the sake of their own skins, forsaking all the rest, I wonder what that same "God" thinks of him being forsaken for all the rest. So many profess to believe; and yet, they try to mold God in the shape of man rather than the other way around.

Take any issue: abortion, same-sex marriage, couples living together before marriage, etc.; and one can clearly see how society as a whole has forsaken "God" in favor of themselves. Even those who act most fervently in the name of their "God," do so for their own selfish reasons that have nothing to do with God.

Beware the man - the beast - as lamb.

Posted 8 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

It is funny how god takes on our characteristics isnt it
Linda Marie Van Tassell

8 Years Ago

Predictable and true. :-)
One of my very favorite passages in the Bible:

Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

What was so important to Jesus that He gave us a new commandment about it?
That we love one another.
In fact, that love is the hallmark of the true Christian.

Posted 8 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

Then why don't we discard the Jewish old testament The two sections cannot be reconciled with one an.. read more

8 Years Ago

Perhaps there are a few pieces of the puzzle missing...
Tate Morgan

8 Years Ago

no piece that could be missing could justify the wholesale slaughter of the middinites

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