Long Time The Fool

     I don’t know why, but I seem to have a need to ‘preach’ to the young of our society. Though I know also, that I do not have many or any young readers. It is not difficult to realize the demographics of the dozen or so of you that regularly stop by. But, none the less, maybe someone, someday, will read these words and THINK! It is not my most well written poem, but the message is there regardless.

Have a Friday worth remembering,


Long Time The Fool

 One time foolish,


long time the fool.



When you make your choices,


because, you think they’re cool,


like, joining in a gang,


or, dropping out of school,




one time foolish,


long time the fool.




If, you choose to drive,


when, you’ve had a drink,


and, you are going faster,


than your mind, can think,


you, will pay dearly,


for the breaking, of that rule.




One time foolish,


long time the fool.




If, you’re having intercourse,


without using, some protection,


there’s other things, to think about,


besides, an STD infection.


Yes, there could be a baby born,


direct, from your gene pool.




One time foolish,


long time the fool.




If you’re doing drugs,


that, you were not prescribed,


you may still be hooked,


on the day, you’ve died.


Stealing for your jones,


or, being someone’s mule,



one time foolish,


long time the fool.




Yes, one time foolish,


long time the fool,


if you, choose these options,


how can, you be so cruel,


to those, who really love you,


even if, you are the fool?




 Jack Downing


Aug. 2009












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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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4 Responses to Long Time The Fool

  1. My father had his own take on the saying “Look before you leap” He would say ” Look both ways before you cross the street” I was a high school teacher for 33 years and tried to always sneak in some wisdom like this but it goes in one ear and out the other and they look at you like you are a jerk. The most amazing thing is that despite all the discussion about AIDS they refuse to believe it can happen to them.

    • Carl, it only takes one… If you reached only one….Then you were successful. I have found recently, that there are many, many, good kids still out there. Hats off to their parents and mentors. Yet, the ‘other side of the street’,that your father was talking about, is not always the “Sunny Side”. Feel for them, and forus, as they are the next generation of adults and God help us all, this country’s future. Now that I have totally, bummed you out, have the best day you can. Jake

  2. Not bummed out. It is a real societal problem from which we cannot escape . I just envision America’s decline into a third world county with a too large permanent under class.

    • That wouldlead tosocialism, andthat hasn’t worked anywhere for long. The system implodes on itself, followed by anarchy, or military dictatorship, until the lower classes eventuallyrebel. A vicious, violent cycle. But don’t give up hope Carl, it’s all we have. Jake

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