The Veteran’s Shame

     Today, March 17th, marks the actual date that is traditionally celebrated as Saint Patrick’s Day. Below you will see the back panel of the T-shirt that is sold ($10.00 US) by the Malden, Massachusetts Irish American Club* in support of the “Wounded Warrior Project”, as illustrated on the left breast and sleeve of the shirt in the second photo below.**

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY..

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY..

Proud sponsors of the Wounded Warrior Project

Proud sponsors of the
Wounded Warrior Project

     So, with that in mind, the following poem is more of a reflection on the state of veteran’s affairs in our political arena than that of  the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.

     I hope and pray that we will pause today during our parties and give a
“thank you for your service” to any service member past and present that you may encounter. And please remember that there are those who are in need of help from the nation that they have served.

     Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all,

Jake.

*I have attempted to contact the club to find out it they still had the t-shirts available in case any of you would be interested in purchasing a shirt, but have yet to receive a response from them. If I do hear from them I will post their website as soon as possible.

**The colors shown in the photos are not indicative of the vividness of the shirts themselves, but rather of the ineptness of the photographer.. Yours truly. 

J.

The Veteran’s Shame

In darkness and in solitude

the veteran feels the shame,

no, not that of which

his duty brought,

while fanning freedom’s

flame.

No, his shame is for his country

the one he loved so well,

and proudly served

with head held high,

and which now, has gone

to hell!

Forgotten now, his service seems

by those who make the wars,

and his honor besmirched

through empty words,

they spew out by

the scores.

He did not serve for glory’s sake

he did not serve for gold,

his service was out

of love for her,

but now, it seems her love’s

gone cold!

He asks not, for riches

nor more than he deserves,

he only asks respect

in turn,

from a nation

proudly served.

Now he is not alone in shame

as his brothers and sisters too,

now know the taste

of bitterness,

that out of Congress

grew.

For they think only of themselves

and the votes they need to stay,

in that privileged,

elitist class,

they created one dark

day.

No more are we, the common man

served by those whom we elect,

and the veteran knows that

all too well,

and is ashamed

he’s lost respect.

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 2014

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Saint Paddy’s Day

     This one is from last year, and I still get a chuckle out of it, thinking about the inspiration for it. For five years, when I worked in South Boston, (U.S. Postal Zip Code 02127) Mass. I was privileged to experience St. Patrick’s Day at its best. On the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade everyone in “Southie” is Irish regardless of your heritage.. If you are fortunate enough to be there today, ‘Cead Mile Failte’ .. A thousand welcomes..            

But now, here’s a bit of a Bonus

              ~~~~~~

      Now, Irish you’ll be

      til the hours are wee

      and you’ll speak with a brogue

      just wait and see.

     For you cannot resist

     the charm and the beer.

     And you’ll be Irish again,

     this same time next year!

              ~~~~~~

Jake.

The Three Leaves of the Shamrock Faith, Hope, and Charity. Google search result

The Three Leaves of the Shamrock
Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Google search result

 

Saint Paddy’s Day

 As sure as Saint Patrick

did drive out the snakes,

an Irishman raises

a glass and partakes,

of a drink to his name

and is likely to pray,

whilst wearin’ the green

on Saint Paddy’s Day.

*

Oh, for sure they’ll all come

the O’Briens and Sheas

McCormicks, Delaneys,

and Casey and Hayes.

The O’Tooles and O’Rourkes

will come out no doubt,

and all in fine voice

once whetted, with stout.

*

While the Donnellys and Conleys

Byrons and Dalys,

will all get their tune-ups

with shots of the Bailey’s.

But, ’tis not just the Irish

who’ll be wearin’ the green,

if you give a close look

you’ll see what I mean.

*

There are Guidos and Pablos

and a few we’ll call “ski”

a Sven and a Yuri,

wearin’ green now, you see.

There are Grecians and Romans

and even some from Cathay,

but, all of them Irish

on Saint Paddy’s Day.

*

Just imagine the brogues

you’ll be likely to hear,

from Rubinowitz or Rahjib

when full of green beer!

But one thing’s for certain

once they’ve gone their own way,

they’ll be Irish once more,

come Saint Paddy’s Day.

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 2013

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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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