The Key To Heaven’s Gate

    With all of the unrest and brutality ongoing in the world today I think that this poem may be worth the read. Hatred reigns throughout the world and peace will never be achieved so long as it is nurtured by the narrow-minded and infested in those who have no conscience. Today we hear about a “Supreme Being” who commands His followers to kill, deceive, cheat and detest anyone who does not follow His law. Personally, my God is a loving God and teaches the exact opposite of what is being instilled in the minds of those, who like the sheep of the pastures, follow the leader to slaughter.

     Please, pray to a loving God, that His peace will come to us soon.

     Have a safe and peaceful weekend,


My God is a loving God.

My God is a loving God.


The Key To Heaven’s Gate

There is love and there is hate,

which of the two do you relate?

You may opt to hate or opt to love

but in the end tis God above,

Who’ll put an end to that debate

when deciding then, upon your fate.


Love thy neighbor” He has taught

and if you hate, then you’ve heard naught.

And you’ll not enter Heaven’s Gate

for only there does love await.

So open up your heart and not

give there to hate the smallest spot!


Jack Downing

Sept. 2014

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Senate Calls For Moratorium On Additional Postal Service Cuts.

    Please tell your Congressperson that you are opposed to any more cuts to and by the U.S. Postal Service. No more facility closings that effect our communities and families, across the nation! No more job cuts that effect our friends and neighbors! No more changes to the service standards that have made the postal service the most trusted and dependable of all the government agencies! Keep the SERVICE in the U.S Postal Service!


But for how long, Mr. Postmaster General?

But for how long, Mr. Postmaster General?

August 19, 2014 The stage is being set this month for another round of argument and angst over the future of the U.S. Postal Service when Congress returns to work in September.

The latest squabble erupted after the USPS, which this summer reported a net loss of $2 billion in the second quarter of 2014, announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs and consolidate 82 mail-processing centers in 2015. The Postal Service has already consolidated 141 mail-processing facilities since 2012.

Last week exactly half the Senate wrote to appropriators urging them to block any more Postal Service cutbacks in legislation to fund the government after Oct. 1, which Congress must enact in September to avoid a shutdown.

On Tuesday, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee responded with a statement saying Congress should instead enact comprehensive postal reforms “before it’s too late.”

“If my colleagues want to address these concerns for the long-haul, I urge them to join me this September as we continue our efforts to fix the serious, but solvable, financial challenges facing the Postal Service,” said Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del.

Carper and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., have been promoting legislation to streamline and modernize the Postal Service and deal with its health care, pension, and other costly issues. But those efforts, including a reform bill that Carper cosponsored with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., have stalled.

Meanwhile, the USPS continues to drown in red ink, despite an increase in revenue in the quarter ending June 30. A big part of the losses stem from a congressional requirement to prepay billions of dollars into a future retiree health care fund.

Last week’s letter signed by 50 senators—led by Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.; and Jon Tester, D-Mont.—called for a one-year moratorium on further cuts to “give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively in the future.” The senators said the planned cuts in 2015 will affect services in 37 states and harm local communities and economies.

“While a number of reform proposals have been introduced in both the Senate and the House to tackle these problems over the past several years, we have yet to enact legislation,” the letter said. “In the absence of congressional compromise, the Postal Service has proposed more sweeping changes to its operations.”

The 50 senators requested that language be added to must-pass legislation to fund the government into the next fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The language should block for one year any Postal Service plans to consolidate more mail-processing facilities, the letter said, and should impose a moratorium through fiscal 2015 on any more reductions that would result in slower first-class mail service.

On Tuesday, Carper’s frustration spilled out in a written statement.

“If Congress continues to do nothing, we face a future without the valuable services the Postal Service provides. This would be a devastating blow to our economy,” Carper warned. But he noted his and Coburn’s bill would preserve existing standards, including the 82 mail-processing plants and Saturday mail delivery, “until other reforms have a chance to bear fruit.”

“Our bill isn’t perfect but it is an important step in the right direction. I hope my colleagues will join our efforts to enhance this plan in order to save the Postal Service before it’s too late,” Carper said.

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The Day Is Fast Upon Us

     Though my muse has been on an extended hiatus, I have been able to occasionally scratch one out on my own. This is one that will require some interpretation on your part. I do hope it will give you pause to reflect on our societal positions.

     The weekend is here and I wish for you all a pleasant and peaceful time.


We'd better!

We’d better!

The Day Is Fast Upon Us

What can I say to convince you

that we are a dying breed?

We’ve given up our souls for goods

as our hearts filled up with greed.

Our faith is gone from school and law

and to the godless we now cede.

Yet, He told us of this coming day,

but, did His words we heed?

No, my friends, we listened not

for there was then, of course, no need.

We had the things that pleasured us

and chose the ‘golden calf’ indeed.


He spoke to us in parable

as in relation to the seed.

When strewn upon the good ground

it grows to gives us feed.

And how, when it falls upon stone and sand

produces naught but weed.

You see, our idols are now, but flesh and bone

and sputter a godless creed,

sitting there in their ivory tower

while we, their subjects, bleed.

I say to you now, “that they are false,

dethrone them with great speed!”

For the day is fast upon us

when the tide will not recede,

and we will cry to Him to help

but, He’ll not be there, to lead.

As we have pushed Him far away

by lawful act and deed!


Jack Downing

Aug. 2014

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     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,


Remnants of a gentler time.

Remnants of a gentler time.


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,


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


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.


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.


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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