Thanksgiving Day 2015

May the Good Lord bestow on you all, His grace and His blessings on this day and throughout the entire Holiday Season..

Jake. 

Praise Ye Oh Lord, for Thy Bountiful Blessings.

Praise Ye Oh Lord, for Thy Bountiful Blessings.

Thanksgiving Day 2015

For what should I be thankful

on this Thanksgiving Day?

Have I been without worry

or has wealth come my way?

Has my health thus returned

to like “back in the day”

or has my hair now since lost

some, or all of its gray?

Has my memory been increased

or my bones less to ache?

Have I attained some fine land

or a cottage by a lake?

Has the government told me

we’ll give more than we take”?

So, for what should I be thankful

I ask for Heaven’s sake?

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Well, my worries are fewer

than many a folk,

I still have some of my wits

and can still tell a good joke.

I’ve not suffered an attack

nor had a crippling stroke

and I’m still able to write

so I’ve not yet to croak!

I have my friends and a family

who cares and who loves

I have at least a warm hat

a coat and some gloves.

And though I may be more “hawkish”

than I am a “dove”

For all that I have or I am

I thank my God up above!

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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The Old Apple Tree

A salute to the wonders of youth and imaginations that have no limit.

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The Old Apple Tree

What wonder lies

behind the eyes

of the child

not yet deceived?

Where impossible dreams,

though beyond their means,

are not imagined

but believed!

Where the old apple tree

that you and I would see

becomes a fortress

in the sky,

or a lookout’s nest

above waves that crest

and the “skull and bones”

does fly.

Where a spaceman awaits

those gantry gates

to release him

from their earthly hold.

Yes, adventures abound

far above that ground

until the reality of life

they behold!

So, let them now soar

for it’s not long before,

the apple tree will be

just that.

And that once fertile mind

will be lost for all time

as they will soon don

their grownup’s hat.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2015

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World War III

It is time for all civilized nations to join together to remove a scourge from the face of the earth. The irony of that statement is not lost on me, as I ask myself; Can a civilized nation commit to the annihilation of other human beings and still lay claim to being civilized? The only answer that I can offer to justify that thought is by looking at the insane, barbaric, and criminal actions of Islamic terrorist factions such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas and the like, and coming to the conclusion that they are NOT human beings, but cruel and sadistic ANIMALS without the compassion and civility of an evolved people, while clinging to the DARK(est) AGES of mankind. Since 2001 we have stood by and watched thousands of innocents die at their hands. With the technology that is available to us today, is it not right and just, to commit our all, to returning them to the caves of Satan from whence they crawled?

Liberal thinking is sounding the “Death Knell” of Democratic Societies around the world. We must toughen our resolve and fight fire with fire! Mr. Obama, take off the kid gloves and FINALLY, call them what they are: ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. Keep Guantanamo open and operating to its maximum ability!

May God Bless the people of France in this their time of grief.

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Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

Oh, it seems now the big thing on Veteran’s Day

are the sales of those cars used and new

oh yes, the vet will be mentioned at six o’clock

with maybe still a parade or two.

And yes, there’ll be flags placed on the graves

of those vets whose lives are through.

You see, the veterans of wars of decades past

are now fading from our view.

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But, let us too remember the veteran

of the current and recent times

who swore to this nation their oath to serve

so Freedom’s Bell still chimes.

But, not everyone a battle saw

nor wore medals in many a row

but every one yet a hero still

because they had the guts to go.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2015

May God Bless America and those who have served her so well.

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The Faces Of Freedom

The VETERAN took the very same oath of office as the president and all members of Congress. But the VETERAN honored theirs. Thank you vets for your service and your sacrifice.. God Bless America and those who serve!!

Thank a VET today they earned it,

Jake.

American Military Insignia

In Defense of Freedom

The Faces of Freedom

To you they’re a neighbor,

a relative or a friend

or maybe the cop, the postman

or the doctor who mends

or they may be the tailor

the nurse or the teacher

they may work at the car-wash

perhaps even your preacher.

They may live in large mansions

or exist on the street

they may be living the good life

or just making ends meet.

But they all have one thing in common

yes, they all have one common thread

they’ve served their country with honor

and perhaps they served in your stead.

You see, theirs are the faces of freedom

and the protectors of all we hold dear

so give them your thanks for that service

if but only, this one day a year.

Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2015

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Ode To The Good Old Days

Sunshine and rainbows

Oh, Happy Days

Ode To The Good Old Days

But, were my days as happy then

as I can now, remember them

or is it that I wish again

to change some things, that may have been?

***

Jack Downing

June 2015

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Wonders Of Life

No long-winded intro to this one. Happy Columbus day to all of my U.S. readers and wishes for a great and safe weekend for everyone.

Enjoy!

Jake.

Who was I really?

Who was I really?

Wonders Of Life

I wonder on so many things

of life and what’s to be

and I wonder if I’ll realize

the purpose that is me.

I wonder if, when all is done

and my spirit is set free

I’ll understand then, after all

the wonder that was me?

***

Jack Downing

Sept. 2015

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