A Walk Amongst The Ancients

        Today being the day that we celebrate Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, I thought this poem may be appropriate to the current state of affairs in Washington, DC.

Yes, it has a political overtone and relates to the reader, my opinion of what I think our “Forefathers” might say if they could express themselves today.

     Please read and enjoy.

Happy Patriot’s Day,

Jake.

What would they think of us today?

What would they think of us today?

A Walk Amongst The Ancients

As I walked amongst the ancients

I sensed the hallowed there,

and the names on stones from long ago

screamed out, in great despair.

Where hast gone, that which we devoted to

why still, is it not here?”

We gave our all for freedom’s sake

and all’s now lost, we fear!”

For it is now the few, with voices raised

who demand the greater say.

Twas not that way envisioned

on Independence Day!”

*

Nor was it framed, that those who share

a godless point of view,

should force their will upon the multitudes

if then, indeed, all’s lost and through!”

For beyond the first, all further laws,

by government, hence enacted,

have altered then our purpose,

and liberties, thus retracted!”

But, there’s one chance to righten,

and shift from what’s astray.

You must heed our words, and vote by God,

whence comes Election Day!”

***

Jack Downing

May 2012

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He Has Risen

    Happy Easter to you all!

Jake.

Homecoming

HE HAS RISEN!

He Has Risen

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Christ has risen,

and freed us from

our sinful prison.

Upon the cross

the man had passed

and our savior revealed

to us at last.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

*

The tombstone placed

to guard his corpse

was rolled away

by an angel’s force.

Then He walked again

amongst the weak,

the non-believer

and the meek.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

*

Then into heaven

He did arise

right before

disciple’s eyes.

With a promise to us

He would return

if Satan’s ways

we all would spurn.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

***

Jack Downing

April 20, 2014

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A Southbound Train

Okay facebook here it comes again..  Warning!! Political commentary on the tracks ahead!

Please read and give it a lot of thought, before the upcoming elections.

Have an American kind of day,

Jake.

An American Odyssey.

An American Odyssey.

A Southbound Train

When I climbed aboard that southbound train

I was headin’ back, to America’s roots

I was wearin’ jeans and a flannel shirt

and I’d traded my shoes for boots.

‘Cause down-home country livin’

is how it’s supposed to be.

Where a truck and a gun and a good ol’ dog

tells a man he’s livin’ free.

*

No, I don’t need no politicians

to tell me how I should act

I was born and raised in America

and I love her, and that’s a fact.

I served her in my youthful prime

and swore to protect the rights,

provided us all by our Maker

and protected by those who’d fight.

*

Yeah, but America is changin’ now

and not one bit for good

we send the weak to Washington

where the strong, once proudly stood.

Yes, men of moral courage

and defenders of the common cause

led us through uncertain times

and they did so, without pause.

*

So I’m ridin’ on that southbound train

lookin’ for the USA

no, not the one I’m seein’ now

but, the one from yesterday.

Where a person is free to live their life

in a manner suited just to them

and they are free to worship

and not afraid to shout “Amen”!

*

So, that is why I’m on this train

headin’ south til I cross the line,

that takes me back to an America

where liberty’s light still shines.

Where I’m gonna find my independence,

gonna get me a huntin’ pup,

and I’m gonna have a rifle racked

in the window of my pickup truck.

*

Yeah, that’s why I climbed aboard this train

I’m lookin’ for America’s past

where freedom still lives in every heart

and will, til we’ve breathed our last.

So many have died to keep us free

and to save our blessed rights,

and we owe it to them who’ve gone before

not to give up without a fight.

*

So now, “We the People of the United States”

must once again take a stand,

against the wave of tyranny

that’s spreadin’ out across our land.

But, we must shout with a single voice

We will not be ignored!”

There is freedom on this southbound train,

and we need you, “All Aboard”!

*

Yes, the southbound train is just a metaphor

for a return to simpler times,

and while there are no rails or trestles

there are surely, warning signs.

But, elections are what drive this engine

and we the people are the engineers,

the Constitution provides for freedom’s fuel

and we can’t let them make it disappear.

*

It is not just a piece of parchment

to be trifled with on a whim,

it’s the formula for Democracy

and without it, our future’s grim.

Don’t let them tear our nation down

the greedy, and the vain,

join me now you patriots

and get on board the southbound train!

***

Jack Downing

Apr. 2014

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A Southbound Train

       Warning!! There’s a political commentary on the tracks ahead! All Aboard!!

     Please just give it a read, and a lot of thought.

     Have an American kind of day,

  Jake.

 

A Southbound Train

When I climbed aboard that southbound train

I was headin’ back, to America’s roots

I was wearin’ jeans and a flannel shirt

and I’d traded my shoes for boots.

‘Cause down-home country livin’

is how it’s supposed to be.

Where a truck and a gun and a good ol’ dog

tells a man he’s livin’ free.

*

No, I don’t need no politicians

to tell me how I should act

I was born and raised in America

and I love her, and that’s a fact.

I served her in my youthful prime

and swore to protect the rights,

provided us all by our Maker,

and protected by those who’d fight.

*

Yeah, but America is changin’ now

and not one bit for good

we send the weak to Washington

where the strong, once proudly stood.

Yes, men of moral courage

and defenders of the common cause

led us through uncertain times

and they did so, without pause.

*

So I’m ridin’ on that southbound train

lookin’ for the USA

no, not the one I’m seein’ now

but, the one from yesterday.

Where a person is free to live their life

in a manner suited just to them

and they are free to worship

and not afraid to shout “Amen”!

*

So, that is why I’m on this train

headin’ south til I cross the line,

that takes me back to an America

where liberty’s light still shines.

Where I’m gonna find my independence,

gonna get me a huntin’ pup,

and I’m gonna have a rifle racked

in the window of my pickup truck.

*

Yeah, that’s why I climbed aboard this train

I’m lookin’ for America’s past

where freedom still lives in every heart

and will, til we’ve breathed our last.

So many have died to keep us free

and to save our blessed rights,

and we owe it to them who’ve gone before

not to give up without a fight.

*

So now, “We the People of the United States”

must once again take a stand,

against the wave of tyranny

that’s spreadin’ out across our land.

But, we must shout with a single voice

We will not be ignored!”

There is freedom on this southbound train,

and we need you, “All Aboard”!

*

Yes, the southbound train is just a metaphor

for a return to simpler times,

and while there are no rails or trestles

there are surely, warning signs.

But, elections are what drive this engine

and we the people are the engineers,

the Constitution provides for freedom’s fuel

and we can’t let them make it disappear.

*

It is not just a piece of parchment

to be trifled with on a whim,

it’s the formula for Democracy

and without it, our future’s grim.

Don’t let them tear our nation down

the greedy, and the vain,

join me now you patriots

and get on board the southbound train!

***

Jack Downing

Apr. 2014

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Pray For Me

     Just a little thought (and request) on a Sunday morning. I hope that all is well in your little corner of the world and that you will read and enjoy the following.

     Oh, and please don’t get the wrong idea from it, it is a hypothetical situation and in no way represents my state of (physical) health.. 

     May God bless us all,

Jake.

The Martha Mary Chapel, Sudbury Massachusetts.

The Martha Mary Chapel, Sudbury Massachusetts.

PRAY FOR ME

When you go to church

on Sunday,

and you’re prayin’

for those who sin,

pray for me, pray for me,

and pray for me again.

*

‘Cause it seems to me

the sinful things,

they’ve always tasted

oh, so fine.

So pray for me, pray for me,

then pray just one more time.

*

And I know these things

will hurt me,

they’ll hurt me

bad someday.

So pray for me, pray for me,

pray they don’t take my soul away.

*

So when you go to church

on Sunday,

and you’re prayin’

for those who sin,

pray for me, pray for me,

and pray for me again.

*

Of all the pleasures

of this world,

you know I’ve had

my share.

Pray for me, pray for me,

then say, another prayer.

*

Yes, I’ve tasted

of the fruits,

growin’ on

forbidden trees.

Pray for me, pray for me,

pray these eyes may someday see.

*

Now, they say my time’s

upon me,

and my Maker

I’ll soon meet.

Pray for me, pray for me,

pray He’ll have for me, a seat.

*

So when you go to church

on Sunday,

and you’re prayin’

for those who sin.

Pray for me, pray for me,

and pray again, He’ll take me in!

***

Jack Downing

May 2011

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I’d Rather Be Wealthy

     I think a little humor may be in order for a spring, winter, winter/ spring day. The following is tongue-in-cheek, but I still would like to hit that jackpot..

    Have a wonderful Thursday everyone,

Jake.

What's it going to be, blonde, brunette or redhead?

What’s it going to be,
blonde, brunette or redhead?

  

I’d Rather Be Wealthy

I’d rather be wealthy

than handsome,

yes, I’ll take the money

all right.

‘Cause a bag full of money

hides a whole lot of ugly

when she is looking

for her Mr. Right.

*

So no, I won’t be

the very best looking,

nor will I possess

a great bod.

But when she gets a look

at my bankbook,

I’ll look as handsome

as a mythic Greek god.

*

Oh, they say that you cannot

buy happiness,

and that your beauty

it comes from within.

But I’ll be one

happy camper,

when some big jackpot

I win.

*

Then I’ll have my pick

of the ladies,

and oh how, they’ll flock

to my side.

Then I’ll pick and choose

who will win and who’ll lose,

and perhaps heads or tails

will decide.

*

So, I’d rather be wealthy

than handsome,

yes, I’ll take the money

all right.

‘Cause a bag full of money

attracts a whole lot of pretty,

especially the shallow

and trite.

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 2014

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T-Shirts Supporting The Wounded Warrior Project

     

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY..

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY..

     As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I have contacted the Malden, Mass. (02148) Irish American club concerning the T-shirt availability and I received a very nice e-mail response from Rick O’Sullivan of the Veteran’s Committee at the club (see below) whose e-mail address is membership@maldenirishamerican.org. As you will see there are still T-Shirts available in support of a valiant and honorable cause… Our returning vets.. $10.00 is a small amount for the service they provided. We tip our restaurant servers more than that for good service, don’t we?

    I’m sure Rick would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading.

Jake.

Proud sponsors of the Wounded Warrior Project

Proud sponsors of the
Wounded Warrior Project

Hi Jake and thanks for sending the email. I am sorry I did not get it until this morning as we had a time at the club last night and got home too late. For the past few years we have dedicated the monies raised from the sales of the tee shirts on St. Patrick’s Day to help the returning service men and women and their families by supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. As a veteran myself I cant think of a better way to support our veterans especially with all of the cuts that our politicians are taking away from them. We do have more tee shirts available and we are also holding a few raffles as we want to raise more for these heroes this year than last year. Once again thanks for purchasing a shirt and feel free to mention us in your blog if you want. We have an open house today at the club to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 
 
Slainte
 
Rick O’Sullivan
Membership Committee 
Veterans Committee

 

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