The Center Road

     I was reminded of this poem today, as my wife and I were talking about a situation with some friends of hers and I happened to mention that it might be in her best interest to try to stay out of it completely, for sometimes trying to walk the fence or taking the ‘center road’, if you will, can lead to bitter feelings against you, by the original two parties involved.

     This poem was one of my first attempts at writing and was written during those most trying times for us back in 2009, I find it as relevant today as when it was written. I do believe that I posted it before, but it bears repeating I think.

     I am hoping that you will like it,



Hurt me not,

                                                                       my mind again,

I have no wasted,

time to spend.

On feelings pierced,

with no intent,

by perceptions arrows,

skyward sent.


                                                                      I have wish not,

    to be involved,

in that of which,

I can’t resolve.

Nor that of trite,

or petty pride,

I have no care,

to line a side.


                                                                    But seldom does,

the center road,

ease the journey,

or the load.

For when the winding,

paths converge,

that traveler’s seen,

as more the scourge.


                                                                    So from the heart,

I do implore,

hurt me not,

my mind, no more.


 Jack Downing

                                                                          May 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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2 Responses to The Center Road

  1. Not taking the vapid center road will hurt us from time to time but we cannot find joy or victory on the center road.

    • I knew you would understand…In the end, life in all aspects, comes down tochoosingone side or the other..That’s why I figure I have a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven… Lots of wrong choices! LOL.


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