Memorial Day

     With Memorial Day quickly approaching, I am preparing a series of poems dedicated to those who have meant so much to us during our lives, but who are not with us anymore. Personal relationships as well as tributes to those who have served their country and the cause of freedom.

     If my posts are a bit erratic over the next week or so, that is the reason. (I said erratic, not eccentric, as I have nothing that I can blame for that.)

     Speaking of freedom, I would like to share a recent poem of mine on that subject. I hope you will like it..

     Have a “take no one for granted” Tuesday,


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A Question Of Freedom

 “Daddy?” she asked,

in bed, all snuggled and warm,

daddy what is freedom,

and where does it come from?”


Her father, a veteran,

knew all of the truths,

but, how could he tell her,

of so many lost youths?


 How, could he speak,

of the blood and the gore,

of the heroes and patriots,

of now and before?


 Would she understand,

what their sacrifice meant,

and how, oh so many,

still remain, where they went?


 So we here at home,

can sleep safely, at night.

For freedom’s not given,

though it is every man’s right!


 But, he just looked at his daughter,

and smiled with a nod,

and then he told her this truth.

It’s a blessing, from God.”


 Jack Downing

May 2012

Copyright© Jack Downing, aka Jake All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or disseminated in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author. JRD 5/15/12 


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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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6 Responses to Memorial Day

  1. soumyav says:

    lovely interpretation!

  2. Beth Ann says:

    Amen. That’ll preach, Rev. Jamocha.

  3. Looking forward to the series.

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