Twenty-Two Vets

     I must apologize this was supposed to publish this morning, but apparently it did not..

     Some of you may remember this from two years ago, but this horrible and unbelievable situation still remains effect. And so, as we thank and remember our veterans on this Veteran’s Day, let us not forget those who CANNOT or in many cases COULD NOT forget their time at arms and will carry the scars of their service to the point of desperation.

     With that being said, may God Bless those who give of themselves for welfare of us all.

Jake.

To all who have passed I salute you.

To all who have passed
I salute you.

 

TWENTY-TWO VETS

Twenty-two vets

will die today

but not in a war fought

far away.

No, they’ll not perish

amid battle’s din,

for them the enemy

lies within.

Every sixty minutes

plus another five

another hero

does not survive.

And that fact alone

should give us pause,

because for most,

we know the cause.

They are in of need help

so desperately

yet too quickly

they’re set free.

Oh, they’ll try to adapt

and live like us all

but the scars of war

live in their recall.

And those demons will drive them

to the last,

until all their thoughts

are of the past.

When until those thoughts

become a living dream

and they can bear no more

their demon’s scream.

Twenty-two two vets

will die today

by their own hand

and not far away.

Yes, twenty-two heroes

will be laid to rest.

Let us pray each tomorrow,

there will be one less.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2014

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God Bless The Servants Of Freedom

American Military Insignia

In Defense of Freedom

    With Veteran’s Day approaching I would like to offer a prayer or a wish if you will for our current servants of freedom and for those who have sacrificed for our great and honorable nation.

    Please respect our troops and our vets,

Jake.

God Bless The Servants Of Freedom

May God save

the “Home of the Brave”

and protect they

who keep her free.

All around the world

where our flag’s unfurled

on land and on

the sea!

Where freedom’s decried

and human rights denied

you know that’s where

they’ll be.

Yes, may God bless this land

and every woman and man

who serves

to keep her free!

Jack Downing

Aug. 2016

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The Journey Beckons

     I have not ceased to be nor write, nor to be somewhat contrite, for my leisure in posting on this here blog and for that I blame not spell nor grog.     The cause of course is of no concern to you who’d wish my words to burn   but to the faithful tis this I say, “I hope you enjoy this poem today”! 

I came to search for answers but only questions do I find!

I came to search for answers but only questions do I find!

The Journey Beckons

Awakened a’fore the rise

of dawn

and the fowl’s young

so fresh to spawn

I sit upon the ocean’s shore

and dream of what’s to be,

of where and why my journey winds

and naught one bit on tides and times

but solely on the wanderings of me.

What events of yore have brought

me here

to this peaceful, placid site

so dear,

and brought about the wanting need

of which I now demand to know?

Why here, this place, safe as a womb

or perhaps as final as the tomb

of those who rest below?

But, why do I ponder where I am

and not on where I’ll be

as if my journey has no more

and here’s the end of me?

Because there are many roads ahead

that call to me by name.

And I must heed their beckoning

and travel without reckoning

as I have from whence I came.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2016

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What Scares Me On Halloween

WHAT SCARES ME ON HALLOWEEN

I’m not afraid of ghosts

I’m not afraid of goblins

I’m not afraid of monsters

who come to my door hobblin’.

No I’m not scared of fairy queens

nor pirates with their swords!

No, what scares me most on Halloween

is my glucose afterwards!

~Jack Downing~
Oct. 31, 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!

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When Death Came From The Sky

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 of innocents to die

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!

No, they will not enter heaven

and no virgins will they spy

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

for the day that death came from the sky!

***

Jack Downing

Sept. 11, 2009

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The Once And Future King

     Inspiration struck me again this morning and this was the result. Now, whether YOU, the reader finds this inspirational or not is entirely a matter of opinion, preference or taste. But, I do hope that for whatever reason you will at least read it and understand where I am coming from with it, “The Times They Are A’Changin”*

    Have a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend, here in the US. and a safe and happy first weekend of September everywhere else.

Jake.

Crusade To Failure

Crusade To Failure

The Once And Future King

He sat in the chair at the head of the table

just like his father before

but it wasn’t the same

and though he shared the man’s name

he felt an imposter and poor.

For the chair was more than a furniture piece

back then, it appeared more as a throne

and when the king was at court

there was laughter and sport

and his castle was surely this home.

But those days have long passed from then until

now

and the king too, has now gone from this place.

His realm lies in shambles

overgrown now by brambles

and the son now weeps in disgrace.

For the government came and they took it away

and then parceled it off to the poor,

yes, they came and they stole

part, parcel and whole

until his great realm was no more.

Alas, the great kingdoms built of work and of toil

are now eroding from hill and from dale

and lest you think this be fable

come sit at his table

and join the crusade then to fail.

***

Jack Downing

Sept. 2016

*”The Times They Are A’Changin’ ”  Written by Bob Dylan

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Mr. Weber Died

    This poem is based on a true event of this past week, for no apparent reason the title (exactly as shown) appeared in my mind while I was futilely attempting to get to sleep. I only wish that I had gotten up and started writing then, as I believe that, I would have had a more entertaining and involved piece of work. However, two days later,  it is what it has become.

     I do hope you enjoy it, and that you’ll think about its message.

     Have a great weekend everyone,

    Jake.

Blessed are the remembered for they shall not have died!

Blessed are the remembered for they shall not have died!

Mr. Weber Died

As I lay in bed last night

a voice came from inside

informing me, for who knows why,

that a Mr. Weber died.

Now I thought about that for a while

and I finally did decide

that I did not know a Mr. Weber

no matter how hard I tried.

*

But, it caused me wonder I’ll admit

that my mind’s eye had applied

to Mr. Weber but one “B”

and just one “B” I spied.

But, as curious as that case may be

and that cannot be denied,

why should I then concern myself

that a Mr. Weber died?

*

Then suddenly it came to me

and I must say with some pride,

that perhaps I know the reason

I was informed of his passing tide.

Yes, perhaps he had no other one

no kin or friend nor bride,

yet, someone needed to have heard,

that said Mr. Weber died.

*

For remembrance is a soul’s last chance

to live again inside

the human spirit they once felt

and have now just been denied.

So, he was born again to me

and shall not, from me be pried

yes, I’ll remember very well

the night a Mr. Weber died!

***

Jack Downing

Aug. 2016

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