A Poet’s Lament

    This was written recently, in part, as a response to a comment from a new follower (Eileen @Laughter: Carbonated Grace). The first eight lines were modified only slightly with the word “pity” replacing “bless” in the first line. The additional lines were added upon reviewing the comment and not being able to contain myself. (Self-control has always presented me with a problem). For those of you who enjoy writing or reading poetry, may it come as a warning to you, hold on as tenaciously and for as long as you can to any gift you feel you may have, for one day it may fade into obscurity as most poetry does in this day and age.

     In the meanwhile, enjoy the time you have with your talent,


A Poet’s Lament

God pity the poet

for they have long passed their time

who can’t find the words

apropos to their rhyme.

Who struggle now greatly

in search of the phrase

that once tied the loose ends

in the most perfect of ways!

Who now wish upon stars

to return to the past

when the words, not the wine,

then flowed to the last.

When each day brought a gift

like none had before

but alas, has now closed,

the poet’s last door?


Jack Downing

July 2016


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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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7 Responses to A Poet’s Lament

  1. Death of a poet – most sad.

  2. In Minnesota, poetry seems to be alive and well. I’ve had many opportunities to have my poetry published in regional anthologies and other publications.

  3. Congratulations Audrey. Well deserved honors I’m sure.

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    Dear Jake, I can’t imagine your ever being stuck for words. I love your originality!

    • Thank you so much Denise for your flattery. It means a lot to me to hear that.

      But alas, it is true
      my rhymes appear through,
      but, as I read this from you,
      there then came a few
      that I pondered then too,
      and then as if, right on cue
      has me now rhyming anew! lol

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