My Dog Pride

    This is a work of fiction, no animals were injured, in any fashion, during this production. Any resemblance to any other canine, living or dead, is purely coincidental and is not intended to bring tears to the eyes of any person, living or dead.

     Please enjoy,

Jake.

He wasn't much to look at but...

He wasn’t much to look at but…

 

My Dog Pride

Well I once had a little dog

who was always by my side

now he wasn’t much to look at

but he strutted with a sense of pride.

So that is what I named him

and he took all in stride.

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Pride liked to go on long walks

and in the car, he loved to ride

and when I had to leave him home,

oh how, that dog had cried.

He could sense when I was leaving

and he’d know it, when I lied.

*

At work I’d take a little time

to make a telephone call

my answering machine would pick up

and echo through the hall,

Pride” I’d say “are you being good?

If so, then we’ll play ball.”

*

Oh, I loved that little mutt named Pride

more than any dog ever, at all.

How I’d love to watch him scamper

and come whenever I’d call.

Until that day at the top of the stairs,

when Pride wenteth before my fall.

***

Jack Downing

Apr. 2015

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He Is Gone, He Has Risen

    Happy Easter to all of my Christian friends and followers and of course Happy Passover to my Jewish friends and followers as well. I wrote this yesterday in the spirit of  Easter, it was written as a spiritual song as you will, I’m sure, be able to tell. I can hear it being sung in a Baptist church especially, or any Christian church  for that matter, where joyous musical participation by the congregation is practiced and encouraged. Hallelujah!

     Have a Happy and safe Easter everyone, may God bless us all.

Jake.

Homecoming

HE HAS RISEN!

 

He Is Gone, He Has Risen

Well, they crowned Him with thorns

Lordy Lord, Lordy Lord,

yes, they crowned Him with thorns

Lordy Lord.

Oh, they crowned Him with thorns

so that we could be reborn

yes, they crowned Him with thorns

Lordy Lord.

***

Then they hung Him on the cross

Lordy Lord, Lordy Lord

yes, they hung Him on the cross

Lordy Lord.

Oh, they hung Him on the cross

so our souls would not be lost

yes, they hung Him on the cross

Lordy Lord.

***

Then they pierced Him in His side

Lordy Lord, Lordy Lord

yes, they pierced Him in His side

Lordy Lord.

Oh, the pierced Him in His side

but no hate would He abide,

yet, they pierced Him in His side

Lordy Lord.

***

Well, they laid Him in His tomb

Lordy Lord, Lordy Lord

yes, they laid Him in His tomb

Lordy Lord.

Oh, they laid Him in His tomb

and they cleansed out all His wounds

yes, they laid Him in His tomb

Lordy Lord.

***

Now, when they rolled that stone away

Lordy Lord, Lordy Lord

yes, when they rolled that stone away

Lordy Lord.

Oh, when they rolled that stone away

they heard the Angel say

He is gone, He has risen,

kneel and pray.”

***

Now, when they rolled that stone away

Lordy Lord, Lordy Lord

yes, when the rolled that stone away

Lordy, Lord.

Oh, when they rolled that stone away

they heard the Angel say

He is gone, He has risen,

kneel and pray.”

***

He is gone, He has risen,

kneel and pray.”

***

Jack Downing

April 4, 2015

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The Visionary

     I have heard a lot of talk lately from people who are very much attuned to the spirituality of man and to most things of a biblical nature, about the “Rapture” and the “End of Days” and how what is happening in the world today relates directly to the writings in “Revelations”. While I pray that we can avoid the end of mankind, I do think that some preparations are definitely in order.

     Have faith in God, that He may have faith in you!

May your Sunday be a peaceful one,

Jake.

 And the vision was...

Where shall ye go?

 

The Visionary

Her first vision came

without a hint or a clue

with an aura of a warm

yet bright, astral blue.

It showed her the good

in the heart of mankind

but lasted a mere second or two.

***

The next vision came

amidst a fiery hue

as the “Angel of Death”

claimed it’s due.

And the evils of man

were revealed to her then

with a look at the carnage they drew.

***

Then the third and the last

out of deep blackness did spew

a vision of the dark days,

now in queue.

Then there appeared a great light

that beckoned the souls

with the faith, which to carry them through.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2015

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IRISH BLESSING #11

     Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all.

May the saints keep a’smilin’ upon you, on this blessed day and for always.

Jake. 

St. Patrick

God Bless The Irish

Irish Blessing #11

May your hearth

be always warm

may your beer

be always cold

and may your mind

be always young

and your heart

forever bold.

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 17th 2015

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An Irish Mother

     With Saint Patrick’s Day soon upon us, I would be remiss if I failed to mention, with honor, the one person who is the very essence of every Irishman…

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An Irish Mother

As sure as St. Patrick

drove out the snakes

far from

the Emerald Isle,

an Irish lass

will raise up her glass

and warm you

with her smile.

And while an Irish lad

can sing a song so sad

you’ll be weepin’

for a long, long while.

Still, there ’tis no other

like an Irish mother

who even the saints

doth beguile.

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 2015

In loving memory of my mom

Marie (Tehan) Downing

Dec. 26, 1918 – May 9, 2009

Cavorting with the angels.

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Winter In New England

     In case you haven’t heard, we are having one heck of a winter here in New England and that’s just in the past two weeks, give or take a day or two. Foot upon foot of the white stuff, day after day, after day. What gods must we have offended to deserve such punishment? Perhaps we must offer up a sacrifice to them in repentance. So I, will once again erect a tower of empties as high as the nearest snow bank and raise up yet, another glass in their honor! (As soon as I get through clearing yet, another FOOT of this stuff, from my walks and driveway.) And thus, I beseech all of you, my New England brethren to participate in this sacrificial offering.. All hail the gods of spring, may you shine once more upon us! (Soon, please, make it soon!)

     Enjoy your day, if you can,

Jake.

Just one of many!

Just one of many!

 

Winter In New England

Oh snow, oh snow,

when will it end

and Mother Nature

cease to send,

foot upon foot

now piled high

and nearly returning

to the sky,

from whence it came

in a two-week span

trying the patience

of beast and man?

But, I fear the worst

may be yet to come

before the warming

of the sun

will melt away

this torment true,

as more is forecast

this whole week through.

Or, must we atone

for what ‘ere we’ve done

before once again,

we see the sun?

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 9, 2015

Oh, but there was one warm and fuzzy day here in New England. Way to go Pats. Job well done!

Improvise, adapt and overcome. Way to go Pats.

Improvise, adapt and overcome. Way to go Pats.

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A Non-partisan Political Thought

     Okay, no poetry today, just a thought that I was “pondering” as I awoke this morning. Yes, it is political in nature, but without any partisan intent, as it is fitting(in my opinion) for all elected and/or appointed positions within a government or other apparatus that control the general well-being of its constituents.

 Are responsible for our own well-being or for our own destruction

…..are ultimately responsible for our own welfare or our own destruction.

Therefore I submit to you that:

ALL political endeavor and positions of public

trust must be challenged and vacated in a timely

manner as to prevent stagnation, and/or the sense of

elitist entitlement, frequently spawned by

the complacency of both those holding said positions

and those who are charged with their appointments.

and oversight.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 22, 2015

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