The Empty Chair

     With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I wrote this poem in the memory of a close family friend who recently passed away. Claire had always considered herself to be a part of our family and was a regular member of the “cast” at all of our holiday gatherings. But, then I started thinking that a lot of families may well be missing someone during these holidays for the first time and whether it be, like Claire, due to a passing on, or perhaps to a military deployment and even someone like my brother and sister-in-law who just recently moved to Florida, there will be an empty chair(s) at the table in a great number of homes this year. So as we gather to give thanks to God for our share of His bounty, let us remember those who will not be here to share this day, and season with us and pray for them all.

     In case I don’t find time to post anything else between now and then, I would like to extend to all of you my prayers and wishes for the happiest and healthiest Thanksgiving.

Jake.

Let us pray that they are safe and well, wherever they may be.

Let us pray that they are safe and well, wherever they may be.

The Empty Chair

(Claire’s Poem)

There is one

who is not here

for the first time.

Yes, there is one

who’s not here

since the last.

But, although

they’re not here

rest assured they are near.

So, in their memory

let’s raise up,

our glass!

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2014

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Twenty-Two Vets

     Everyday, there are twenty-two fatalities related to military service in defense of our country. Not on the battlefield nor even necessarily on active duty. Every sixty-five minutes a veteran takes their own life. That is a staggering statistic. We need better care for our veterans and we need it soon! We have visiting nurses for the sick, why not visitors for veterans? Before we discharge them back into a society, that is 180°’s from which they have become accustomed, an indoctrination back to civilian life should be offered along with a “buddy” support group. Sometimes all it takes is the sound of an understanding voice to take the edge off a critical situation.

     Please thank  a veteran today, but if you can, visit one who might really appreciate the company.

    Jake.

To all who have passed I salute you.

To all who have passed
I salute you.

TWENTY-TWO VETS

Twenty-two vets

will die today

but not in a war fought

far away.

No, they’ll not perish

amid battle’s din,

for them the enemy

lies within.

Every sixty minutes

plus another five

another hero

does not survive.

And that fact alone

should give us pause,

because for most,

we know the cause.

They are in of need help

so desperately

yet too quickly

they’re set free.

Oh, they’ll try to adapt

and live like us all

but the scars of war

live in their recall.

And those demons will drive them

to the last,

until all their thoughts

are of the past.

When until those thoughts

become a living dream

and they can bear no more

their demon’s scream.

Twenty-two two vets

will die today

by their own hand

and not far away.

Yes, twenty-two heroes

will be laid to rest.

Let us pray each tomorrow,

there will be one less.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2014

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The Veteran

God Bless America and those who serve to keep her free!

Veterans Remembered

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

The Veteran

They have faithfully served

both near and far

in times of peace

and in time of war.

They’ve served on land,

the air and sea

and they’ve kept this nation

strong and free.

*

Now, some don’t bear

the wounds and scars,

while some wear the bronze

and silver stars.

Yet, they all deserve our thanks

you see,

for without them, God knows,

where we’d be!

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2014

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Halo ‘Round The Moon

     The full moon is upon us and with a halo sends a warning! Be wary my friends, of strange birds and the howling wind.

     Not all winds are fair nor foul,

     just ask the wolf

     but heed the owl,

     when he tells you

    of the chicken’s cowl,

     as ruffled feathers

     incense the fowl.

                 ***

                 J.R.D. *

Have a wary filled day,

Jake.

Beware the haloed moon.

Beware the haloed moon.

Halo ‘Round The Moon

Halos round

the fullest moon

portend a tempest

coming soon,

and likely a ‘fore

the next of noon,

whilst rousing both

the lark and loon.

***

Jack Downing

Oct. 2014

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Unstack The Deck

     On Tuesday November 4th 2014 we, the American voters, have the opportunity to regain our nation and our Constitutional rights that were originally implemented, by men of great wisdom, to protect us from any and all abuse of power by the very government(s) that we elect to represent us. Unfortunately, those (our) rights have been trampled upon by the current administration and our alleged Congressional “leaders” on both sides of the aisle. It is now time for a real CHANGE.. Vote CONSERVATIVE on this Election Day or PAY the price (you, your children and your grandchildren) for following the “Pied Pipers” who are currently leading this once great nation, down the road to destruction!

     I will not apologize for this political rant as it is a plea from an Independent voter who is extremely worried and concerned for the country that I love and believe is spiraling to its demise. Please wake up America! We are a nation in decline, let’s reverse the trend and vote for those who will lead us back to a position of strength and viability!

     Have a great Sunday everyone,

     Jake.

Humorous Political Poem.

If you love America, vote for a real change on Tues.

 

Unstack The Deck

There are aces and deuces

there’s kings and there’s queens

but the treys through the knaves

are the jokers between.

Yes, there are those who have clawed

their way to the top

there are those who were born there

and then raised like a crop.

And while the deuces rake in

that what’s dealt from the deck

’tis the trey through the knave

with the sweat on their neck.

Now it is said life’s a gamble

and that we’re each dealt our hand

but it’s time for us jokers

not to fold, but to stand!

So, let us shuffle the pack

come Election day

’cause we hold the cards now

the knave and the trey!

Jack Downing

Sept. 2014

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The Wandering Muse

     In the event that anyone has realized that I am not posting very often anymore.. The following should explain why!!

     So, if anyone should find my muse, please send her home, I need her desperately.

     Thanks in advance,

Jake.

Aren't we all a Muse to someone?

Aren’t we all a Muse to someone?

The Wandering Muse

Oh, where has gone my whispering muse

who once guided my hand to write,

from the break of the sun in the morning

and on into my dreams late at night?

So loyal and true has been my muse

for lo, these many past years.

Gone now I pray, not forever

but, off to another I fear!

Oh, why has my muse gone deserted

and was it I who has caused her to leave,

from forgetting the source of the magic

and thus to myself, then deceived?

Becoming convinced, my own genius

was no more in need of her gift.

Till I awoke to the sun one past morning

and my pen seemed too heavy to lift.

So now I cry “come back” to my wandering muse

for I am in need of your charm.”

Please bring back to me all your talent

and save me from all further harm.”

Jack Downing

Nov. 2013

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Elysium’s Gate

     Some thoughts for a Sunday morning.

    Please enjoy

Jake.

Does Paradise Await?

Does Paradise Await?

Elysium’s Gate

There are those who believe

that we walk alone

through the valley of the shadow

as death takes us home.

And thus, whence we depart

we’re left on our own

to receive then our judgment

before God’s Golden Throne.

But, I now believe

that we go through that light

with guardian angels

on our left and our right.

And there, all our loved ones

are a welcoming sight,

as they gather around us

and thus relieve us of fright!

*

Still yet, there’ll come judgment

on our life as a whole

and our fate then determined

by reviewing the soul.

Was there a coin or some soup

for the poor and their bowl

or a hand for the helpless

in achieving some goal?

Did peace, you embrace

while eschewing all hate?

Did you not envy your neighbor

his goods, or his mate?

And did you make the most

of which was your fate?

If so, then be welcomed

at Elysium’s Gate!

***

Jack Downing

Sept. 2014

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