Vanity

Vanity

A Poem by Tate Morgan
"

God offered me omnipotence by giving me a chance to choose I stood bold stance, and took that chance to ever walk within his shoes

"




God offered me omnipotence

by giving me a chance to choose

I stood bold stance, and took that chance

to ever walk within his shoes


 

He then offered me five choices

Pleasure, Fame, Riches, Love, and Death

I will have won, when it's all done

so I thought as I caught my breath


 

Then so it was I chose Pleasure

with the thought to enjoy my youth

To run with boys, through all life's joys

happiness was my only truth


 

Pleasures that youth delights upon

were disappointing, then grew cold

Sun setting play, that every day

trickled my fingers through, like gold


 

So once again he came to me

"surely wisdom has found you now

Now choose your fate, it's not too late

as I said, this I will allow"


 

"Fame" I said as he smirked at me

I wish to be a man renowned

To play the game, that touts my name

as one deserving of the crown"


 

But Fame was a fickle master

that led to Envy, Greed and Lust

A shinning star and giant car

that in the end had turned to rust


 

Once more God offered me a choice

of the few things that still remain

"Besides your birth, there's one of worth

try using your heart, not your brain"


 

"Riches then" I did say to him

"surely they can cure all my pain

To do what I can as a man

by amassing what I may gain"


 

Wealth was not the answer I sought

left me with none of what I'd won

When in the end, I had no friend

to rejoice in what I had done


 

So one last time he gave me choice

"Love" I said is what I would like

"A woman's chest, where I may rest

perhaps even a little tyke"


 

The time it passed so quickly by

as I then sat beside her grave

A-wash in tears, for all those years

spent chasing dreams, that none could save


 

"My life has run it's course old man

your final choice is the worst yet"

"My love I lost, at such a cost

all that's left of me is regret"


 

He said "since you have not asked me

for advice on what you should do

I gave Death in a dying breath

to one more deserving than you"


 

" Why won't you grant me rest" I said

"what more is there for me to learn"

" That a life of greed serves no need

live with old age, till it's your turn"





© 2021 Tate Morgan


Author's Note

Tate Morgan
It is always the bitterest of pills That which makes us look at ourselves for who we truly are. Not for the one we wished to be. Like many I am no stranger to vanity.LOL We do not deal much in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.
Life has taught me there are three ways we are perceived.
1. The way we see ourselves
2. The way others see us.
3. The way we truly are

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Omgoodness! So much here to contemplate!.. the overall theme is the endless "missed" opportunities granted to us in this lifetime!...and why must it take a lifetime for some of us to finally get it. For me your STAND OUT line is

" I gave Death in a dying breath
to one more deserving than you"
WOW, my take..Heaven, the ultimate reward.
BUT, there IS a hint of understanding....There is always hope when you rise each morning and face a new day! LOVE this!! A wonderful read!!! thank you very much! :-)


Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Susan thank you fir stopping by and commenting it's nice to meet you I am Tate
Susan 🦋

6 Years Ago

I really enjoyed this piece! Hope to read more soon.
Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Stop by any time I have been absent for some time from here. I go through spurts when i write and th.. read more



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Tate,

It pretty much looks as if you have written my biography here, word for word and line for line, and now I am out of time and simply await my turn ... But there is one thing I would add: F**k God! ...

A very thought provoking and most contemplative piece of poetry ...

Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn de Graham

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

We all go through the stages of life. Only
In the end do we shed the pride that allows humili.. read more
You chose as all men choose. You are neither wise nor foolish. Merely human. How would any of us choose, offered the choice? Not death. Most of us fear that most of all. What then, of all those choices, do we choose? Sad as parting is, Love remains the wisest. For without love what are we?

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Love the eternal leveling of one to another
Tate, this poem makes such great impact and sets a good lesson of life. your writing style is sooo personal and unique (personal brand within) ....reminds me shakespeare's the medieval sonnets lovely teleported to our timeline with your personal touch. thank U for sharing this beauty (making a bow). sincerely. Amber

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Im humbled Amber. Thank you. I look back on my years. To see where I last fell. Life for me has been.. read more
dang! now there goes one more stupid than I .. and I thought that impossible Tate! ;) it's all about choices .. every minute of everyday .. opportunities to do the hard right thing .. small stuff usually .. smile ... helping hand to hold a door perhaps .. small that gets bigger as we go, says i! not sure your title fits exactly .. maybe "choice" ... or "two roads" ... but i think i get you sir ... you are looking at yer self and thinking ... i have not read a true confessional poem from you ... we're getting old aren't we? ... life revues going on ... luv ya man! brutal honesty and introspection says i!
E.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Gene. I am brutally honest when I speak of my own failings. I have no one to blame but mys.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

ahk! i have you well beat on immature .. believe me now .. listen to me latter :)))))))))))))))))))).. read more
Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Lol 😂 I doubt it
Life is about choices and it isn't surprising to find that mistakes are made on the journey taken. The journey can teach us much about ourselves. They say that with age comes wisdom and I believe that. Love is everything. We don't always appreciate that. There is much to contemplate in your stanzas Tate. Always a pleasure to read your work. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

2 Years Ago

Thank you Chris I’m always trying to be a better man. Always feel like I have a long way to go
Thanks once more for another great piece of work from yourself. I always always enjoy the music that you choose, esp love van, and this piece is woven with beauty and words expressed, thanks so much for this entry into my comp good luck

Posted 5 Years Ago


Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

5 Years Ago

Thanks u are welcome
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

5 Years Ago

hi judging this copetition belatedy it must of slipped through my fingers somehow mysteriously.
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Tate Morgan

5 Years Ago

Hi Julie nice to hear from you tonight Just happened to be online
This is beautiful, amazing work!

Posted 6 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Thank you very much
A true reflection on our hopes and aspirations in Life. But I like the way you write in a slightly jovial way. We can blame it all on God for giving us those choices! I think He is a bit cruel though, blaming you for not asking for his advice, and making you live with old age! But actually, in my experience Life gets better (well, easier) the older you get, when you just have to accept that life did not quite go to plan. Then death, and who knows ...........another life?


Posted 6 Years Ago


Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

I worry only about the here and now as I think I’ll worry about the afterlife when I’m
Th.. read more
True reflection of human nature written effectively in a poem, I loved the concept and the rhyme in this poem, I read this a long time ago probably a year and I couldn't forget the message this poem contains. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Najam Us Saher

6 Years Ago

Even though I read very few poems of yours, I admire your work. It is my pleasure reading them.
Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much
Najam Us Saher

6 Years Ago

You're most welcome.
Omgoodness! So much here to contemplate!.. the overall theme is the endless "missed" opportunities granted to us in this lifetime!...and why must it take a lifetime for some of us to finally get it. For me your STAND OUT line is

" I gave Death in a dying breath
to one more deserving than you"
WOW, my take..Heaven, the ultimate reward.
BUT, there IS a hint of understanding....There is always hope when you rise each morning and face a new day! LOVE this!! A wonderful read!!! thank you very much! :-)


Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Susan thank you fir stopping by and commenting it's nice to meet you I am Tate
Susan 🦋

6 Years Ago

I really enjoyed this piece! Hope to read more soon.
Tate Morgan

6 Years Ago

Stop by any time I have been absent for some time from here. I go through spurts when i write and th.. read more

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