And He Said Unto

    Dedicated to all the frustrated poets of the world, God bless you for your under-appreciated endeavors.

     Have a great and safe week everyone.

Jake.

God's gifts are not always recognized by the mortal.

God’s gifts are not always recognized by the mortal.

And He Said Unto

..And God said unto the artist,

take this gift I give

and show unto the world,

My face.”

Then He said unto the tenor,

take this gift I give

and sing to all the world,

My praise.”

Then He said unto the orator,

take this gift I give

and preach unto the world,

to pray.”

..And then He said unto the poet,

take this gift I give

and ah, well never mind,

no one’s going to read it anyway!”

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2013

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The Phantom Tomorrow

Just a thought for your weekend. Have a great one!

Jake.

 

Tomorrow is just maybe, and today is fading fast. The only thing that is for sure, lies resting in your past.

Tomorrow is just maybe, and today is fading fast.
The only thing that is for sure, lies resting in your past.

The Phantom Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the phantom

that we all chase today

but, the only piece of life we own

is in our yesterdays.

*

Today was once tomorrow

until it passed away

and yesterday embraced it

as all, those other days.

*

For the phantom that is tomorrow

rests not in coming weeks

but may be right behind you

if you’ll listen to it speak.

*

No, the phantom that’s tomorrow

will not live the coming week

but, if you treat today most wisely

then more yesterdays, you’ll seek.

***

Jack Downing

Dec. 2013

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Sundays In Haiku

     I haven’t posted Haiku’s in quite a while, so what better day than today to post this particular one..

    Enjoy it if you will and have a peaceful and spiritual Sunday,

Jake.

Haiku

SUNDAYS IN HAIKU

Sundays In Haiku

Inner peace awaits

when the workweek is complete

with this day of rest.

…………………………………………………………

Cathedrals fill up

but God too, may be worshiped

in structures and out.

……………………………………………………………..

Lawnmowers awaken

 at the most ungodly hour

disturbing our dreams.

………………………………………………………………

Sundays in summer

are times for good food and drink

Mondays come quickly.

………………………………………………………………..

Family and friend

let us gather together

for peace let us pray.

………………………………………………………………….

~Jack Downing~

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The Right To Remain Silent

     In case there was any question on my view of the current immigration problem, read this:

Protect Our Borders!

Protect Our Borders!

The Right To Remain Silent

Don’t speak to me

about your rights,

if you sneak through

the fence at night.

Or if you cross the border

in a van,

driven by

the greedy man.

Or if you sail

on board a raft,

or pay your way

with bribe or graft.

You cannot steal

what’s given free,

to those

who do it properly.

So, the only right

you have I see,

is the right to leave

so please feel free.

Then if and when

you should come back,

with the legal papers

in your pack,

then I will listen

to your speech,

about your rights

all, and each.

***

Jack Downing

June 2009

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It’s More Than Fireworks

poemsandponderings:

Thanks to Beth Ann Chiles@ It’s Just Life.wordpress.com for the reminder of our past and a warning for our future.

Originally posted on It's Just Life:

P1020638The Final Draft of the Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of…

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The Fourth Of July

     The Fourth of July should remind us not, of parties and indulgences, but of  how and why it came to be our defining moment. I do hope that you all will have a healthy and happy Fourth, and remember that ALL of the amendments to the Constitution were added with the rights of the citizen in mind..

God Bless America,

Jake.

Disarm the citizen: Empower the government

Disarm the citizen: Empower the government

 

The Fourth Of July

Picnics, parades and fireworks

it all sounds like so much fun,

but do we ever stop to think about

how it was all begun?

Brave men and true, of honor

spoke out against the throne

to demand the rights of freedom

that every man should own.

Freedom from the tax man’s burden

and from government intrusion

freedom to worship their god of choice

for all, without exclusion.

Freedom of the written word

to be spread about the land

and freedom to express oneself

without fear of reprimand.

Free to travel where ‘ere they will

and to keep and bear their arms

to protect themselves and loved ones

their commerce and their farms.

But speeches, did not win the day

nor liberty for this nation

it took the blood of many a good man

to achieve their grand creation.

And so when your party’s over

when you’ve had your day of fun

remember that we owe it all

to the patriot and his gun.

Jack Downing

July 4th 2014

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The God Of War

    An historic perspective!

~ Peace is but a fleeting thing,

but war is evermore

for mankind is a beast at heart

with blood lust at its core.~

Jake.

 

   

On wings of death the god of war appears.

On wings of death the god of war appears.

 

The God Of War

From the dawn of time and the birth of man,

to the powerful and the weak,

to Barbarian and Samaritan

the god of war did speak.

From rocks and spears and arrows flung

to sword and rifled ball,

from cannon to machine gun

to a bomb, which may kill us all.

The god of war is insatiable

and feeds off mankind’s lust,

for blood and pride and victory

and what’s perceived as just!

*

How many now lie in unknown graves

upon some field or plain?

For too, the hands of time do march

still the god of war remains!

Forgotten now are some of those

who gave their blood and final breath,

to whatever cause there may have been,

the god of war brought death!

Now the silence echoes o’er those fields

louder than the guns.

Gone now from there is the god of war,

but on some other field, blood runs!

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2014

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