It’s More Than Fireworks

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Thanks to Beth Ann Chiles@ It’s Just Life.wordpress.com for the reminder of our past and a warning for our future.

Originally posted on It's Just Life:

P1020638The Final Draft of the Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of…

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The Fourth Of July

     The Fourth of July should remind us not, of parties and indulgences, but of  how and why it came to be our defining moment. I do hope that you all will have a healthy and happy Fourth, and remember that ALL of the amendments to the Constitution were added with the rights of the citizen in mind..

God Bless America,

Jake.

Disarm the citizen: Empower the government

Disarm the citizen: Empower the government

 

The Fourth Of July

Picnics, parades and fireworks

it all sounds like so much fun,

but do we ever stop to think about

how it was all begun?

Brave men and true, of honor

spoke out against the throne

to demand the rights of freedom

that every man should own.

Freedom from the tax man’s burden

and from government intrusion

freedom to worship their god of choice

for all, without exclusion.

Freedom of the written word

to be spread about the land

and freedom to express oneself

without fear of reprimand.

Free to travel where ‘ere they will

and to keep and bear their arms

to protect themselves and loved ones

their commerce and their farms.

But speeches, did not win the day

nor liberty for this nation

it took the blood of many a good man

to achieve their grand creation.

And so when your party’s over

when you’ve had your day of fun

remember that we owe it all

to the patriot and his gun.

Jack Downing

July 4th 2014

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The God Of War

    An historic perspective!

~ Peace is but a fleeting thing,

but war is evermore

for mankind is a beast at heart

with blood lust at its core.~

Jake.

 

   

On wings of death the god of war appears.

On wings of death the god of war appears.

 

The God Of War

From the dawn of time and the birth of man,

to the powerful and the weak,

to Barbarian and Samaritan

the god of war did speak.

From rocks and spears and arrows flung

to sword and rifled ball,

from cannon to machine gun

to a bomb, which may kill us all.

The god of war is insatiable

and feeds off mankind’s lust,

for blood and pride and victory

and what’s perceived as just!

*

How many now lie in unknown graves

upon some field or plain?

For too, the hands of time do march

still the god of war remains!

Forgotten now are some of those

who gave their blood and final breath,

to whatever cause there may have been,

the god of war brought death!

Now the silence echoes o’er those fields

louder than the guns.

Gone now from there is the god of war,

but on some other field, blood runs!

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2014

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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.

lessons-from-a-wise-man

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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