Questions Of A Lifetime

    Some questions that I’m sure most, if not all, of us could ask ourselves as we pass through the stages of life. And to those of us who have passed through more than just a few,  I think you will enjoy it more than the others..

     Enjoy the life you are given, because unless you believe in reincarnation, there is only this one.

    Jake.

I have some questions

I have some questions

Questions Of A Lifetime

If I could but choose

to revisit again

these days of my now

or those days of my then

would I opt for the present

or wish for back when?

Would I be any different

person or friend

if I chose to return

to my youth once again?

*

Or should I choose to remain

as I am today

with the benefits of age,

though my hair’s turned to gray,

but where the follies of youth

are now long stored away?

Where I’m at least guaranteed

to survive to this day

and I am what I am

which ain’t bad by the way!

*

So, you see my dilemma

in which I should choose

is there much to be gained

or just more to lose?

Would there be any benefit

after paying these dues

to start it all over

to rewrite yesterday’s news?

Or just rejoice in the now

with my cynical views?

***

Jack Downing

May 2015

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REFLECTIONS (Page Twenty)

    I haven’t posted any of these for quite some time, so in an effort to lighten the mood some, I give you Reflections (Page Twenty)

   Have a great week everyone, but don’t take it too seriously,

Jake.

REFLECTIONS

(page twenty)

***

I stand alone to gaze upon

my days and years gone by.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried,

I’ve loved and loathed,

but now, I can’t remember why

…………………………………………………………………………

When Chicago and Detroit have gone away

and all that’s left is rubble

there is no doubt that some will say;

’twas George Bush

that caused the trouble!

……………………………………………………

The smile and the laugh

are gifts from above,

given us by the angels

to share our joy and love.

……………………………………………………..

Friendship, as a deck of cards

has oh, so many faces

there are jokers, queens and kings

but in my deck, they’re all aces.

…………………………………………………………….

Most whines are made

from sour grapes.

……………………………………………………………

Some people change as does the tide

the narrows then are now the wide

the curly-haired are now the bald

but the short ones then are still not tall.

……………………………………………………………..

It is said that seniors citizens are lacking in patience

When in fact we are actually gaining intolerance

***

~Jack Downing~

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FootPrints

    It is now 5:45 pm est. and I am going to attempt to write a poem in the next 15 minutes, right before your eyes.

Footprints

Each step we take on life’s given path

will be forever lost to time

if we don’t reflect upon the mark

that it leaves behind.

Footprints are soon washed away

if not noticed for their worth.

if not only by ourselves are seen

 and by our precious, Mother Earth.

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 2, 2016

@5:55 pm.

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Oh Lord I Pray

    This poem is dedicated to those who are experiencing the ravishment of cancer and all of the other dire conditions that effect the health and spirit. May God Bless you all, and may you find strength in your Faith..

   And may this prayer help somewhat as you progress through your struggles.

Jake.

Oh Lord I Pray

Please lay Your hands upon my flesh

and remove the scourge within

and while You’re there please cleanse my soul

of all its mortal sin.

And though I may be weak with illness Lord,

in strength, my faith still lies.

And so thus I pray, please heal me now

and that touch I’ll ne’er deny.

Amen.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 28, 2016

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A Speck Of Dust


A Speck Of Dust

As the Earth revolves around the sun

and as the universe expands

where do we fit in the scheme of things

are we but like, a grain of sand?

Shifting with the wind and tide

insignificant when each alone

and only when the masses join

do we feel at last at home?

The minutia of our own existence

sometimes betrays our trust

while thinking greater than we are

and yet, we form the earthly crust.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2016

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The First Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all of my friends and subscribers. (It’s free, just click “follow” at the web site.)

Jake.

The First Christmas Day

Angels, they were heard on high

as a great star shone in the east

Three kings of the Orient traversed afar

to the Child that was berthed with the beast

The little town of Bethlehem lay still

on that silent and holy night

but would awaken on a glorious morn’

to a new and wondrous sight.

The shepherds too, had heard the song

whilst tending to their sheep

He’s born, He’s born, the angels did sing

and roused them from their sleep.

Oh, joy to the world the angels proclaimed

a Savior has been born unto you!

Yes, One is born to you this day

to cleanse the world anew.

To save you all from Satan’s power

as you have gone astray.

Yes, Christ the King is born this hour

on this, the first Christmas Day.

***

Jack Downing

Dec. 2015

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Merry Christmas I Say

    I was going to save this for Christmas week, but I think it may be more appropriate now. Speak-up don’t be intimidated by political correctness.

Merry Christmas to all!!

Jake.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS I SAY

Where have gone, those days of yore

when Christmas brought jubilation?

Where have gone, those of the faith

who rejoiced in its celebration?

And when did “Merry Christmas”

become offensive in this nation?

And who, now dare to say those words

and thus be faced with denigration?

***

Well, I for one will stand and say

to but one, or congregation,

I wish to all a “Merry Christmas”

and do so with elation!

For I will not be silenced by

convention nor intimidation.

And as Jesus was born on Christmas Day

I will proudly share His inspiration!

Jack Downing

Dec. 2015

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