THAT OLD BARN

     I was thinking of posting something today, and I came across this one that I had posted in June of 2013 and I was reminded of my friend Mary telling me about how an old barn had a special place in her youth. But, if you take the time to read the original and this version you’ll notice some changes, both in syntax and context, but I hope you don’t mind. I think this version is the better of the two, but please feel free to voice your opinion.

     Stay safe on this Sunday my friends,

Jake.

Remnants of a gentler time.

Remnants of a gentler time.

 THAT OLD BARN

That old, once berry-red barn,

scourged over time

by the whips of the wind

and the rain.

Once the symbol

of a flourishing farm,

is now reduced

to a skeletal frame.

*

The lofts, the walls and the floors

like the bones of the farmer himself,

are now sagging

through so many days.

And the burden of time

has taken its toll

through the bales

of many harvested hays.

*

And now gone is the equine,

the bovine and hog,

and the hay turned to straw,

blown away.

Gone too are the dreams

as gone as the dogs,

but still,

the old memories stay.

*

You see, it’s more to me

than just a barn or a structure

that’s collapsing

out of lack of repair.

It’s a reminder of summers

of a time long ago

and I visit my youth,

in there.

***

Jack Downing

May 2013

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Two Shades Of Green

    With all of the talk and/or legislation involving restrictions on coal, oil drilling, fracking and other types of mining, on oil and natural gas pipelines, while offering environmental protection for every conceivable plant, animal and insect, we have become heavily invested in “foreign” energy sources that are produced in the very same ways that we have banned here at home. But at the same time we are now relying more and more on nuclear power plants. So I offer this poem for your “consumption” and consideration.

     Have a happy ‘hump’ day,

Jake.

How green is your valley?

How green is your valley?

 

Two Shades Of Green

We must go green”

I hear them say.

Yes, it’s the thing

to do today.

Save the planet!

Save the trees!

Use less carbon

energies!”

Forsake the coal

and crude oil too,

to lessen the footprint

left by you!”

But, then I imagine

quite a different scene,

also shaded

in the color green.

In which the earth

does not fare well

and we would welcome

that coal-oil smell!

Then all of those slogans

we’d recant,

as the sky glows green

at the nuclear plant!

Jack Downing

Jan. 2014

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No Need For Directions

     This is dedicated to the lawyer, the attorney and the barrister. Especially those in some of the Congressional delegations.

     Have a superb week everybody, in spite of the mess we owe to our current government.

Jake.

Follow the leaders.

Follow the leaders.

No Need For Directions

I don’t need a map

nor GPS to show

directions to the place

I’m often told to go.

Because getting there is easy

this I know.

I’ll simply follow all the lawyers

who’ll be headin’ down below!

***

Jack Downing

July 2014

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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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