For Just One Day

     After attempting to do my part in the black-out protest yesterday, my Americanism screamed out, print something  non-controversial about the beauty of the country in which you live…

     I wish for you all a thunderous Thursday, make some noise,


For Just One Day

 If any other living thing,

I could be, for just one day,

and then return to the here and now,

what would I have to say?

I ran with the wind,

across the golden plain,

nostrils flaring wide,

flowing tail and mane.

Burdened not, by human kind,

not saddled, nor with rein.”

But, if I not the graceful horse,

perhaps, I’d choose to be,

the mighty, giant redwood,

the largest, of all trees.

Then I’d tell of vistas vast,

for as far as you could see.

From the Sierras to the east,

and to west, the shining sea.

Or, would I choose to be,

a single drop of rain?

To nurture the giant Sequoia,

or those golden plains.

Then I could say I was the one,

that eased a farmer’s pain,

and then gave us all,

those, “amber waves of grain.”


Jack Downing

Oct. 2011

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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 For Just One Day

  1. Beth Ann says:

    I love this one, too!!! Great job and it does seem quite appropriate to share something of this nature after yesterday’s dark blog!!! No thunder here yet but it sounds like snow is on its way. Brrrrr.

    • I know, snow coming here too…Not much tonight into tomorrow, but Saturday, they’re saying I may get to use the snowblower we got last summer..(it looks okay stored away, doesn’t need to come out this year)lol. I’m running out of “th” words to use for Thursdays, insert your own if you wish.. And as always, thanks for your comments.


  2. I love this. Beautiful poem for a beautiful country. I could see these things clearly in my mind as I read it.

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