Irish Toast

     To continue on with the Saint Patrick’s Day theme, here is one Irishman’s wish for the day!

                                        ♣♣♣♣♣

May you gain good fortune and be free of the bad.

Know only the good times and never the sad.

And may your smiles be many and your frowns, but a few.

And may you keep your arse seated, when your round is due!

                                        ♣♣♣♣♣

Have a safe and wonderful weekend everyone!

Jake.

Drink up lads

Drink up lads and lassies.
It’s St. Paddy’s Day weekend

 Irish Toast

 Here’s to your luck

and here’s to your health

and may only the good,

come to you.

~

May you live out your years

without worries or fears

and may you pick up the tab,

when we’re through!!

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2012

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The Gerrity Stone

      With Saint Patrick’s Day rapidly approaching, I thought I would get the ball rolling with a new poem.. The story of the title is a bit amusing, at least I thought so, but here it is in any event.  One afternoon as I was driving to work on route I-95 north in Waltham, Mass.  I spotted a contractor’s truck that advertised granite and marble counter tops etc., and the name of the company was… Yeah, you guessed it “Gerrity Stone” and that got the old mind working, and here is the result.

     I do hope that you will enjoy it and that you have a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day.

    Jake.

Who'd want it anyway?

I’ll drink to that!

The Gerrity Stone

 Now it’s been well told

of the “Blarney”

but that rock

it stands not alone,

but tis sure you’ll not

be so eloquent

should you kiss of

the “Gerrity Stone”!

 *

You’ll need not to hang

by heel or by toe

nor lay upon

mystical ground,

but merely stub your toe

upon it

and it’s the devil’s tongue

to be found!

*

In a language far

from the charmin’

and in words surely not

of your own,

you will loudly express

and crudely profess

your curse on

that “Gerrity Stone”!

 ***

Jack Downing

Dec. 2013

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I’m Going Back To Jesus

     Well, guess who stopped by the other day, out of the blue and very well tanned? My old friend and mentor..  Reverend Jake. Yup, it had been quite a while since the Right Reverend had graced my humble abode with his presence, and when I asked him where he’d been for so long, he just smiled and said “Doin’ the work son, doin’ the work”. Then he went on to explain that for the past year or so he’d been on a vaca sabbatical to Tahiti in an attempt to “convert” the islanders. He then surprised me when he told me that during his extended stay at his ocean-front bungalow at the Tahiti Hilton,(courtesy of his “extremely generous” congregation of the church of Saint Cyber Space) he would often sing to the natives, one of my songs. Of course I was flattered, and I asked which one? And frankly, I was quite surprised to hear that is was this one. So much so, that I will share it with you now..

     I hope you enjoy it on this Sunday,

Jake.

I'm Going Back To Jesus

I’m Going Back To Jesus

 

I’M GOING BACK TO JESUS

 I’m going back to Jesus,

once again,

I’m going back to Jesus,

once again,

I’m going back to Jesus,

and to His fold,

He’ll take me in.

I’m going back to Jesus,

once again.

*

 I’m going to see the angels,

when I go,

I’m going to see the angels,

when I go,

I’m going to see the angels,

if the good Lord,

says it’s so.

I’m going to see the angels,

when I go.

*

 I’m going to see the saints now,

yes I am,

I’m going to see the saints now,

yes I am,

I’m going to see the saints now,

if that be,

God’s plan.

I’m going to see the saints now,

yes, I am.

*

 I’m going to live in heaven,

one fine day,

I’m going to live in heaven,

one fine day,

I’m going to live in heaven,

and for that,

is what I pray.

I’m going to live in heaven,

one fine day.

*

 I’m going to see my family,

when I’m there,

I’m going to see my family,

when I’m there,

I’m going to see my family,

and we’ll all live,

without a care.

I’m going to see my family,

when I’m there.

*

 So, I’m going back to Jesus,

once again,

I’m going back to Jesus,

once again,

I’m going back to Jesus,

and to His fold,

He’ll take me in.

I’m going back to Jesus,

once again.

*

 Yes, I’m going back to Jesus,

once again, once again,

I’m going back to Jesus,

once again,

I’m going back to Jesus,

and to His fold,

He’ll take me in.

I’m going back to Jesus,

once again.

***

 Jack Downing

July 2009

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Mirror Image

     Upon reflection, (pun intended) I find that many people only see the things that they perceive as being “wrong” about other people and never consider the image(s) that they, themselves put forth.. So here is my take on that, with a little help from Homer.. (Simpson, that is.)

     Have an enjoyable week everyone, wherever you are!

Jake.

"Why can't everyone look as good as me?"

“Why can’t everyone look as good as me?”

Mirror Image

 When your mirror shows

only the faults of those,

of others

but not your own,

then your mirror’s cracked

for its reflection lacked

what to others,

you have shown.

***

 Jack Downing

Dec. 2013

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Wishing My Life Away

     I am not writing much new material lately, so I have to resort to re-posting previous poems. Here is a prime example of one, that I like a lot.. I hope that you do as well.

   Have a superb week everyone,

Jake.

The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well

Wishing My Life Away

 My wish

is to live

for as long

as I give

a damn

about life

after all.

*

 And not one

minute past

after breathing

my last

to be heeding

a heavenly

call.

***

 Jack Downing

Feb. 2012

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No News Is Good News

Or as the “Eagles” have suggested, … “Dirty Laundry”… This is my take on the news that is brought to us on a daily basis.. I hope that you like it.

    Have a great day and please,, stay out of the news!

   Jake.

First on the scene!!

First on the scene!!

No News Is Good News

 Teens killing teens

and car crash scenes

and planes that plunge

from the sky!

*

 Muggers and thieves

a widow who grieves

for her soldier,

the latest to die!

 *

Children abusers

face their accusers

while the families of both

watch and cry!

*

Stock Market crashes

homes left in ashes

by detectors

that made nary a sigh!

*

The Middle East going crazy

our workforce is lazy.

And is he a traitor

or spy?

*

S.W.A.T. Teams are raiding

there’s insider trading

and Congress wants more

of our pie!

*

Embassy burnings

dead heroes returning

 and they expect us to swallow

the lie!

*

Yes, such is the news

as reported by crews

on the ground,

or in choppers on high.

*

But, then there at the end

a few seconds they’ll spend

to wish us

a cheerful goodbye!

 *

And all of the blood and the gore

that they showed us before

is replaced by a gleam

in their eye!

 ***

Jack Downing

July 2013

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Reflections

     As I sit and watch the snowfall, for what seems like the hundredth time this season, I keep wondering when winter will ease its grip? And then I realize how fickle the seasons can be, and that only winter remains steadfast and long, oh, so very long…

     Do the best you can to cope with the weather or whatever may be bugging you today!

Jake.

Keep pushing Spring has to be up ahead..

Keep pushing Spring has to be up ahead..

Reflections 

(from page eighteen)

******

Short and sweet is summer’s heat,

but winter’s grip, tenacious.

Spring holds a promise,

but soon, autumn’s upon us,

and all but damn winter, betrayed us.

*************

~Jack Downing~

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