My Daddy Was A Wise Man

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads today.. Some of us will remember them for what they taught us, and some of you, will someday remember, what they have taught you. 

     May you rest in peace Dad and thanks.

Jake.

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MY DADDY WAS A WISE MAN

I remember my daddy sayin’,

you should be outside, and playin’,

not sittin’ around the house,

all afternoon.

There is gonna come a day,

when you won’t have, the time to play,

and believe me son, that time,

is comin’ soon.

*

Yeah, I’m afraid you’re gonna find,

not too much farther, down the line,

that life won’t leave you,

with much time for fun.

So grab your glove, and baseball bat,

find your friends, and remember that,

the times are best, when you’re out,

in the sun.

*

Or, get your fishin’ pole and bike,

and find a fishin’ hole you like,

where you and your pals,

can catch, a fish or two.

‘Cause there won’t be much time, for fishin’,

only time for dreams and wishin’,

and you grow up, and work,

is all you do.

*

So, get out and enjoy, the day,

they are fleeting, and this I’ll say,

the sun don’t shine so bright,

when the bills are due.

Now, that was quite awhile ago,

my daddy’s gone, but this I know,

he was the smartest man,

I ever knew.

*

I got married and had two boys,

I worked two jobs, to buy them toys,

that are stacked up in the attic,

to the peak.

They’re now away at college,

but, they’ll never have the knowledge,

that I got when I listened,

to my daddy speak.

*

Yes, I remember those happy times,

with bicycles, and fishin’ lines,

and baseball gloves and caps,

of my favorite team.

It was my daddy’s words to me,

that provided, all these memories,

yes, my daddy was a wise man,

it would seem.

*

Yes, my daddy was a wise man,

it would seem.

Yes, he was a wise man,

it would seem

He was, the wisest man,

I’ve ever seen.

Yes, my daddy was a wise man,

It would seem.

***

Jack Downing

July 2009

 

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Life In A Nutshell

     A little more self-reflection from the fringe..

     Have a wonderful weekend everyone and a Happy Father’s day to all of the dads out there.

     Jake.

Where's the reflection pool? I have to pee!

Where’s the reflection pool? I have to pee!

 

A Life In A Nutshell

I’ve been a heel

more times than a hero.

I’m farther from a ten

than a zero.

If a vice president

I’d probably be Spiro.

Huh, and if Emperor,

no doubt, I’d be Nero.

*

I was never

an honor roll grad.

And I hardly look good

wearing plaid

But I’ve had more good times

than bad,

and I’ve been more happy

than sad.

*

So all in all then

I’d say,

maybe something like,

Ah, what the hey

so what, if my hair’s

turned to gray,

and I am what I am,

now Go Away!”

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 2014

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My Guardian Angel

    It has been a while since I have posted anything, for a variety of reasons, not the least being, that my lap top crashed on me, and alas a replacement was recommended as being a fiscally responsible avenue to explore. Another Toshiba Satellite now suffers under my heavy-handedness. I’m not sure if I like Windows 8 yet, you see,  I loved 7 and 8 is different to be sure. But, I’m assured by the Best Buy Geek Squad that it is a far more secure operating system than Windows 7 so I’ll have to live with it I guess.

But, back to the post, I finished this recently after an introspective look at my life, (I had nothing better to do) and I realized just how fortunate and blessed I have truly been, and this is the result of that reflection.

I hope that you all have a Guardian Angel that works as hard as mine.

     Have a safe day,

Jake.

 Let us give thanks unto God

Lord thank you for my Guardian Angel

My Guardian Angel

An angel shares

my every step

and has

for all my days.

An angel has kept me

from all harm,

in spite of

reckless ways.

An angel watches

over me,

and beside me

always stays.

*

My angel performs

above and beyond,

and merits

all my praise.

My angel is a gift

from God,

Whom did my needs

appraise.

Then my angel was chosen

just for me,

and thus deserves

one heavenly raise!

***

Jack Downing

May 2014

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My Happy Place

     Something new.. Ponder if you will the message here inside, for there is always somewhere, that we can go to hide.

    Enjoy your week,

Jake.

Ponder if you will the message  here inside for there is always somewhere that we can go to hide.

Beyond the rainbow’s end.

My Happy Place

I have nowhere to go

but, I’m going just the same

and I’ll travel on a comet’s tail

that I have yet, to name.

I will race upon the wind aloft

and circle til I fall,

but when I land upon that spot

it will not hurt at all.

For there I’ll find my happy place

and need no more to roam

and in the valley of the dragons,

is where I’ll build my home.

I will erect, a mansion grand

from wood and stone and stuff,

that is far away from here today

but I’m sure, not far enough.

I will dine with kings and beasts alike

I will sleep until I wake

and I will have all that I want

so I’ll have no need to take.

But alas, there’s something missing

there in my happy place

I’ll have no one to share it with,

now I’m thinking, silk and lace.

Yes, I will find a princess

from some exotic land

to join me in my happy place

where we’ll stroll, hand in hand.

There we will pet the dragons

and watch my comet up in space

yes, that is how it’s going to be

when I’m in my happy place.

And I’ll not tolerate the rules of man

the bogeyman nor the dark

and I’ll fly amongst the soaring birds,

the eagle and the lark.

I will dine on fruits and candy

and bathe but when I must

and have all the knowledge I will need

to know whom not to trust.

I will mount up on a dinosaur

in a most fantastic race

and no one else shall beat me

when I’m in my happy place.

No, of the life I live today

I’ll leave not but a trace

and happiness will sure be mine

there in my happy place!

Jack Downing

May 2014

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A Hero Comes Home

May God Bless the hero.

May God Bless the hero.

A Hero Comes Home

The whistle echoed

throughout the hills,

long before the train appeared.

That let us know

that you were home,

and soon, that we’d stand near.

*

Not long ago

you left us here,

to seek your spirit true.

Adventure called,

you answered back.

And now, your quest is through.

*

You proved yourself

to one and all,

of the man you were inside.

And proof no more

could you have gave,

than on the day you died.

*

Now, they came to us

with faces solemn,

their uniforms pressed and creased.

To express to us,

their heartfelt sorrow.

That your son, is now deceased.”

*

They told us of a battle,

hard-fought,

and bravely done.

They told us of a hero,

and that hero,

was our son.

*

They said that you’d

be coming home,

and on this morning’s train.

With escort

and full Honors,

for you, the hero slain.

*

And so here we stand

with pride and pain,

for our hero’s home at last.

But, we wish to God

that for just this once,

that we could change the past.

***

Jack Downing

Oct. 2012

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Arlington

    Memorial Day is for more than cookouts and parties. It is for remembering those who have kept us free. May God rest the souls of our heroes.

So that we may live in peace

LET US ALL REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF MEMORIAL DAY

Arlington

Crosses and stars

perfectly rowed

on manicured fields

so patiently mowed.

*

Red, white and blue

in contrast to green

in every direction

in multitudes, seen.

*

Yes, crosses and stars

of alabaster white

precisely so placed,

dressed left and dressed right.

*

Markers to tell

the names and the ranks

of those who have passed

and to whom, we owe thanks.

*

To those who have served

to keep us all free

they rest now in peace

with God now, they be.

***

Jack Downing

May 2012

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The Valiant One

     Each Memorial Day a service is held at my workplace in honor of the men and women who have served in the armed forces of our nation and who are no longer with us, their tour of duty now ended, but never to be forgotten. I have been asked in the past to contribute a poem to be read at the event, and this year was no exception, and I would like to share with you all my humble offering to this year’s service.

    Please give thanks today, for all of the freedom that we currently enjoy, to all of those who have made it possible!

     Please have a safe and grateful weekend,

Jake.

To all who have passed I salute you.

To all who have passed
I salute you.

The Valiant One

Rest in peace oh, valiant one

your mission accomplished

and a job well done!

Our nation’s freedom remains intact

because, for those like you

she’s never lacked.

They who serve for freedom’s cause

deserve all honors

without pause.

Liberty survives now, thanks to you

and all your comrades

brave and true.

So rest in peace oh, valiant one

you’ve been relieved,

your watch is done!

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2013

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