Visitors On The Lawn

     With the onset of Autumn many of nature’s creatures are and will be looking for sustenance to survive the winter’s long duration. I invite your comments..

Have a superb weekend everyone,

Jake.

Oh, they came again today!

Oh, they came again today!

Visitors On The Lawn

Oh, they came again today

and grazed upon my lawn.

Yes, they came again today,

the buck, the doe, the fawn.

He, with antlers full

majestic, tall and proud.

And she, with maternal instinct

chastised the fawn, aloud.

Content they were in morning’s light

with the dew still on the ground

seeming almost joyful

with the treats that they had found.

They fed upon the berries

and the salt-lick on a knot.

And when they come tomorrow

that’s when I’ll take the shot!

Jack Downing

Oct. 2014

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The Farmer’s Almanac In Haiku

     ‘And now for something completely different’* “The Farmer’s Almanac in Haiku.”  

Try these on for size

a somewhat different view

of the Almanac.

…………………………………

Please enjoy, and comment.

Jake.

Haiku

THE FARMER’S ALMANAC IN HAIKU

The Farmer’s Almanac In Haiku

Some predictions come

from watching nature’s habits

squirrels and rabbits.

……………………………………………………..

Cold and snow ahead

bring a higher heating price

comes as no surprise.

…………………………………………………………

Some get wind and rain

others to have ice and snow

watch the hawk and crow.

…………………………………………………………

Leaves begin to turn

colors blaze from frosty nights

sparkling crisp and bright.

…………………………………………………………….

Farmers see the signs

from nature’s indications

as revelations.

………………………………………………………………

~Jack Downing~

 

*(stolen  borrowed from the hit British TV show, “Monte Python’s Flying Circus”)

 

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Nephew Of My Uncle Sam

           “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

Long May It Wave

Long May It Wave

Nephew of My Uncle Sam

You gotta take me

as I be

’cause there ain’t no

changin’ me

and you know

I’m really proud

of who I am.

I was born in the land

of the free

and I thank the Lord

you see,

that I’m a red-blooded,

blue-collar,

nephew of my Uncle Sam.

*

Now I ain’t ashamed

to say

I pledge allegiance

every day,

to the flag

and Republic

for which it stands.

And it’s under God

for me,

as I still need His help

you see

’cause I’m a red-blooded,

blue-collar,

nephew of my Uncle Sam.

*

I was raised to respect

that flag

and I’ve served

but I won’t brag,

still I feel

because of that,

I’m a better man.

From a general down

to a pfc

they can be found

on my family tree,

’cause we’re red-blooded,

blue-collar,

nephews of our Uncle Sam.

*

And so I will keep my right

to bear

and my opinions

I will share,

for freedom of speech

is my right,

I’m American.

Yes, I was born in the land

of the free

and I thank the Lord

you see,

that I’m a red-blooded,

blue-collar,

nephew of my Uncle Sam.

***

Jack Downing

Sept. 2014

Special thanks to Beth Ann Chiles for that beautiful photo above.

Jake.

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Kinda

     I wrote this five years ago as a song, and of course if you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know how that song lyrics thing worked out for me.. So I published it as a poem a while ago and I just happened to think about it yesterday, so I figured it’s been long enough since then that I could throw it out there once more (with again, some a lot of punctuation alterations). I do hope you’ll take it as lightly as it was intended to be.

    Have yourselves a lighthearted weekend, God knows we need one,

Jake.

This is not my music, but the "lyrics" are..

This is not my music, but the “lyrics” are..

KINDA

You can’t be kinda pregnant

and you can’t be kinda dead.

But, you can be kinda smart

and you can be kinda read.

You can be kinda hungry

and put on some kinda spread.

But, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

and you can’t be kinda dead.

*

You can be kinda poor now

and you can be kinda rich.

You can be kinda nice

or some kinda son-a-bitch.

You can kinda owe some money

to the state or to the Feds.

But, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

and you can’t be kinda dead.

*

You can be kinda handsome

and you can be kinda bright.

You can be kinda wrong

and you can be kinda right.

You can be kinda blue

and your face be kinda red.

But, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

and, you can’t be kinda dead.

*

You can kinda cover up

with some kinda paint.

You can kinda try to be

what you kinda ain’t.

and you can kinda wanna be

kinda someone else instead.

But, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

and you can’t be kinda dead.

*

You can kinda listen

to the words I have to say.

And I would kinda think

that would kinda be okay.

You can kinda be an Alice

and you can kinda be a Ted.

But, you won’t get kinda pregnant

and you won’t be kinda dead.

*

No, you can’t be kinda pregnant

and you can’t be kinda dead.

Though you might kinda want to,

when you’re kinda full of dread.

You may be kinda crazy

and kinda whacked out of your head.

But, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

and you can’t be kinda dead.

*

No, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

no, you can’t be kinda pregnant,

no, you’re never kinda pregnant,

and you’re never, kinda dead.

***

Jack Downing

Aug. 2009

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When Death Came From The Sky

Edited somewhat from the original (mostly punctuation) but the message is the same..

May God rest the souls of the innocents and condemn the souls of the hateful for all of eternity! And let us not forget the actions of Sept. 11, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya. More innocent deaths perpetrated by ruthless, murdering heathens.

Rest in Heavenly Peace ye of innocence.. For evil dwells no more amongst you.

Jake.

WE MUST NEVER FORGET!

WE MUST NEVER FORGET!

WHEN DEATH CAME FROM THE SKY

The morning sparkled like a gem

the air was warm and dry,

it was a nearly perfect day

when death, came from the sky.

On the eleventh of September

in the year, two thousand-one,

America watched in horror

as they witnessed, terror come.

With not a thought of life’s import

for themselves or innocents to die,

and the madmen smiled with great delight,

when death, came from the sky.

Martyrs for some heinous cause

they looked beyond this earth,

but what kind of god would welcome them?

Surely not, a god of worth!

So, they will not enter heaven

and no virgins will they spy,

but, they’ll dwell long, in Satan’s realm,

for when death came from the sky!

Jack Downing

Sept. 11, 2009

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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,

Jake.

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!

Jake.

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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