REFLECTIONS (Page Twenty)

    I haven’t posted any of these for quite some time, so in an effort to lighten the mood some, I give you Reflections (Page Twenty)

   Have a great week everyone, but don’t take it too seriously,

Jake.

REFLECTIONS

(page twenty)

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I stand alone to gaze upon

my days and years gone by.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried,

I’ve loved and loathed,

but now, I can’t remember why

…………………………………………………………………………

When Chicago and Detroit have gone away

and all that’s left is rubble

there is no doubt that some will say;

’twas George Bush

that caused the trouble!

……………………………………………………

The smile and the laugh

are gifts from above,

given us by the angels

to share our joy and love.

……………………………………………………..

Friendship, as a deck of cards

has oh, so many faces

there are jokers, queens and kings

but in my deck, they’re all aces.

…………………………………………………………….

Most whines are made

from sour grapes.

……………………………………………………………

Some people change as does the tide

the narrows then are now the wide

the curly-haired are now the bald

but the short ones then are still not tall.

……………………………………………………………..

It is said that seniors citizens are lacking in patience

When in fact we are actually gaining intolerance

***

~Jack Downing~

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FootPrints

    It is now 5:45 pm est. and I am going to attempt to write a poem in the next 15 minutes, right before your eyes.

Footprints

Each step we take on life’s given path

will be forever lost to time

if we don’t reflect upon the mark

that it leaves behind.

Footprints are soon washed away

if not noticed for their worth.

if not only by ourselves are seen

 and by our precious, Mother Earth.

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 2, 2016

@5:55 pm.

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Oh Lord I Pray

    This poem is dedicated to those who are experiencing the ravishment of cancer and all of the other dire conditions that effect the health and spirit. May God Bless you all, and may you find strength in your Faith..

   And may this prayer help somewhat as you progress through your struggles.

Jake.

Oh Lord I Pray

Please lay Your hands upon my flesh

and remove the scourge within

and while You’re there please cleanse my soul

of all its mortal sin.

And though I may be weak with illness Lord,

in strength, my faith still lies.

And so thus I pray, please heal me now

and that touch I’ll ne’er deny.

Amen.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 28, 2016

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A Speck Of Dust


A Speck Of Dust

As the Earth revolves around the sun

and as the universe expands

where do we fit in the scheme of things

are we but like, a grain of sand?

Shifting with the wind and tide

insignificant when each alone

and only when the masses join

do we feel at last at home?

The minutia of our own existence

sometimes betrays our trust

while thinking greater than we are

and yet, we form the earthly crust.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2016

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The First Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all of my friends and subscribers. (It’s free, just click “follow” at the web site.)

Jake.

The First Christmas Day

Angels, they were heard on high

as a great star shone in the east

Three kings of the Orient traversed afar

to the Child that was berthed with the beast

The little town of Bethlehem lay still

on that silent and holy night

but would awaken on a glorious morn’

to a new and wondrous sight.

The shepherds too, had heard the song

whilst tending to their sheep

He’s born, He’s born, the angels did sing

and roused them from their sleep.

Oh, joy to the world the angels proclaimed

a Savior has been born unto you!

Yes, One is born to you this day

to cleanse the world anew.

To save you all from Satan’s power

as you have gone astray.

Yes, Christ the King is born this hour

on this, the first Christmas Day.

***

Jack Downing

Dec. 2015

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Merry Christmas I Say

    I was going to save this for Christmas week, but I think it may be more appropriate now. Speak-up don’t be intimidated by political correctness.

Merry Christmas to all!!

Jake.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS I SAY

Where have gone, those days of yore

when Christmas brought jubilation?

Where have gone, those of the faith

who rejoiced in its celebration?

And when did “Merry Christmas”

become offensive in this nation?

And who, now dare to say those words

and thus be faced with denigration?

***

Well, I for one will stand and say

to but one, or congregation,

I wish to all a “Merry Christmas”

and do so with elation!

For I will not be silenced by

convention nor intimidation.

And as Jesus was born on Christmas Day

I will proudly share His inspiration!

Jack Downing

Dec. 2015

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Believe

     With respect for, and in regard to, my rights under the first and second amendments, here is just a note to those who think that we are a weak society and that terrorism will succeed in converting us to Islam!

     I pose this rhetorical question, why is it that the “heavenly” reward for the Islamist involves mainly the pleasures of the flesh? Just asking..

In spite of all the calamity and bloodshed, please try to have a blessed Sunday.

Jake.

God's gifts are not always recognized by the mortal.

May God forgive them for I cannot.

Believe

I believe in Jesus

if you do not, then that is your choice

and as such I will not condemn you

nor will I demand you silence your voice.

You see, we live in a land of great freedom

where we are free to worship at will

where Christians and Jews and most others

have no wish to maim or to kill.

For our beliefs are those of the peaceful

and we are taught the true meaning of love.

But, never believe for one moment

that the hawk won’t serve for the dove!

Jack Downing

Dec. 6, 2015

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