Halo ‘Round The Moon

     The full moon is upon us and with a halo sends a warning! Be wary my friends, of strange birds and the howling wind.

     Not all winds are fair nor foul,

     just ask the wolf

     but heed the owl,

     when he tells you

    of the chicken’s cowl,

     as ruffled feathers

     incense the fowl.

                 ***

                 J.R.D. *

Have a wary filled day,

Jake.

Beware the haloed moon.

Beware the haloed moon.

Halo ‘Round The Moon

Halos round

the fullest moon

portend a tempest

coming soon,

and likely a ‘fore

the next of noon,

whilst rousing both

the lark and loon.

***

Jack Downing

Oct. 2014

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Unstack The Deck

     On Tuesday November 4th 2014 we, the American voters, have the opportunity to regain our nation and our Constitutional rights that were originally implemented, by men of great wisdom, to protect us from any and all abuse of power by the very government(s) that we elect to represent us. Unfortunately, those (our) rights have been trampled upon by the current administration and our alleged Congressional “leaders” on both sides of the aisle. It is now time for a real CHANGE.. Vote CONSERVATIVE on this Election Day or PAY the price (you, your children and your grandchildren) for following the “Pied Pipers” who are currently leading this once great nation, down the road to destruction!

     I will not apologize for this political rant as it is a plea from an Independent voter who is extremely worried and concerned for the country that I love and believe is spiraling to its demise. Please wake up America! We are a nation in decline, let’s reverse the trend and vote for those who will lead us back to a position of strength and viability!

     Have a great Sunday everyone,

     Jake.

Humorous Political Poem.

If you love America, vote for a real change on Tues.

 

Unstack The Deck

There are aces and deuces

there’s kings and there’s queens

but the treys through the knaves

are the jokers between.

Yes, there are those who have clawed

their way to the top

there are those who were born there

and then raised like a crop.

And while the deuces rake in

that what’s dealt from the deck

’tis the trey through the knave

with the sweat on their neck.

Now it is said life’s a gamble

and that we’re each dealt our hand

but it’s time for us jokers

not to fold, but to stand!

So, let us shuffle the pack

come Election day

’cause we hold the cards now

the knave and the trey!

Jack Downing

Sept. 2014

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The Wandering Muse

     In the event that anyone has realized that I am not posting very often anymore.. The following should explain why!!

     So, if anyone should find my muse, please send her home, I need her desperately.

     Thanks in advance,

Jake.

Aren't we all a Muse to someone?

Aren’t we all a Muse to someone?

The Wandering Muse

Oh, where has gone my whispering muse

who once guided my hand to write,

from the break of the sun in the morning

and on into my dreams late at night?

So loyal and true has been my muse

for lo, these many past years.

Gone now I pray, not forever

but, off to another I fear!

Oh, why has my muse gone deserted

and was it I who has caused her to leave,

from forgetting the source of the magic

and thus to myself, then deceived?

Becoming convinced, my own genius

was no more in need of her gift.

Till I awoke to the sun one past morning

and my pen seemed too heavy to lift.

So now I cry “come back” to my wandering muse

for I am in need of your charm.”

Please bring back to me all your talent

and save me from all further harm.”

Jack Downing

Nov. 2013

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Elysium’s Gate

     Some thoughts for a Sunday morning.

    Please enjoy

Jake.

Does Paradise Await?

Does Paradise Await?

Elysium’s Gate

There are those who believe

that we walk alone

through the valley of the shadow

as death takes us home.

And thus, whence we depart

we’re left on our own

to receive then our judgment

before God’s Golden Throne.

But, I now believe

that we go through that light

with guardian angels

on our left and our right.

And there, all our loved ones

are a welcoming sight,

as they gather around us

and thus relieve us of fright!

*

Still yet, there’ll come judgment

on our life as a whole

and our fate then determined

by reviewing the soul.

Was there a coin or some soup

for the poor and their bowl

or a hand for the helpless

in achieving some goal?

Did peace, you embrace

while eschewing all hate?

Did you not envy your neighbor

his goods, or his mate?

And did you make the most

of which was your fate?

If so, then be welcomed

at Elysium’s Gate!

***

Jack Downing

Sept. 2014

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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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