A NEW YEAR UPON US

It would seem to me that each and every year we decide that this is “the time” to alter and atone for some of our bad behaviors of the past year (and/or life) and give up some of those bad habits. But I have a better idea. Why not point out the bad habits and behaviors of other people that we know (and work with?) and then suggest that they change THEIR bad habits and behaviors? I think then our chances of success will be far greater or at the very least, about the same as trying to give up ours and of course, the effort and inconvenience on our part will be much less demanding!

And as an added benefit there will surely be fewer offensive people in our lives this time next NEW YEAR!! Win, Win.

HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone!
~Jake~

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The Words Of The Fool

    As well as scamps and scoundrels the most devious and despicable are often seated near the head of the table where they may ensure the most damage!

Jake 

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The Words Of The Fool

To sit upon the golden throne

and have the reign o’er all the land

is not for all to imagine, charmed,

in a castle made of sand.

For the bastions strong cannot prevent

the enemy’s plots inside

and of enemies there will seem to be

an ever-growing tide.

While the ruler dons the cape and crown

the jesters whisper tales

and whether they be true or false

they’ll float on wings and sails.

To all the corners of the realm

where they will rest upon every ear

and when he who hears of stories grand

will then raise their glass in cheer.

But, what of those who have not good taste

on the message they have heard?

There’ll be no joy in the hearts of those

who must ingest the fallowed word!

And so thus, the castle shall crumble down

but, tho not from the monarch’s rule

for they have regally sat the throne

yet, be damned by the words of the fool.

Jack Downing

Nov. 2016

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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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