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.


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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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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5 Responses to Questions Of A Lifetime

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    This poem, Jake, reflects many of my thoughts, questions and ponderings (btw I love that word). Very well put!

    • Thanks Denise it is probably a common thought that the elders consider. If I could would I do it all over? Most folks I know say that they are glad that they don’t have to face what today’s young people will have to experience.

      • I agree. Young people today have a lot more to deal with than I did growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

      • They have so much more technology than we had and yet sadly they have so much less parental oversight and our government seems to see fit to take God out of everything so the moral structure is deteriorating as well. If you ask a young person today about history, English grammar, spelling and the like they really are lost, but ask them about a movie star, a TV show or a video game and they are all over it. Technology may be the root cause of the dumbing down of America as ironic as that may sound.

      • I’m sorry Audrey, I mixed up the comments from you and another of my blogging friends, that is why I mentioned the name Denise in my reply.

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