The Visionary

     I have heard a lot of talk lately from people who are very much attuned to the spirituality of man and to most things of a biblical nature, about the “Rapture” and the “End of Days” and how what is happening in the world today relates directly to the writings in “Revelations”. While I pray that we can avoid the end of mankind, I do think that some preparations are definitely in order.

     Have faith in God, that He may have faith in you!

May your Sunday be a peaceful one,

Jake.

 And the vision was...

Where shall ye go?

 

The Visionary

Her first vision came

without a hint or a clue

with an aura of a warm

yet bright, astral blue.

It showed her the good

in the heart of mankind

but lasted a mere second or two.

***

The next vision came

amidst a fiery hue

as the “Angel of Death”

claimed it’s due.

And the evils of man

were revealed to her then

with a look at the carnage they drew.

***

Then the third and the last

out of deep blackness did spew

a vision of the dark days,

now in queue.

Then there appeared a great light

that beckoned the souls

with the faith, which to carry them through.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2015

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IRISH BLESSING #11

     Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all.

May the saints keep a’smilin’ upon you, on this blessed day and for always.

Jake. 

St. Patrick

God Bless The Irish

Irish Blessing #11

May your hearth

be always warm

may your beer

be always cold

and may your mind

be always young

and your heart

forever bold.

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 17th 2015

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An Irish Mother

     With Saint Patrick’s Day soon upon us, I would be remiss if I failed to mention, with honor, the one person who is the very essence of every Irishman…

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An Irish Mother

As sure as St. Patrick

drove out the snakes

far from

the Emerald Isle,

an Irish lass

will raise up her glass

and warm you

with her smile.

And while an Irish lad

can sing a song so sad

you’ll be weepin’

for a long, long while.

Still, there ’tis no other

like an Irish mother

who even the saints

doth beguile.

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 2015

In loving memory of my mom

Marie (Tehan) Downing

Dec. 26, 1918 – May 9, 2009

Cavorting with the angels.

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Winter In New England

     In case you haven’t heard, we are having one heck of a winter here in New England and that’s just in the past two weeks, give or take a day or two. Foot upon foot of the white stuff, day after day, after day. What gods must we have offended to deserve such punishment? Perhaps we must offer up a sacrifice to them in repentance. So I, will once again erect a tower of empties as high as the nearest snow bank and raise up yet, another glass in their honor! (As soon as I get through clearing yet, another FOOT of this stuff, from my walks and driveway.) And thus, I beseech all of you, my New England brethren to participate in this sacrificial offering.. All hail the gods of spring, may you shine once more upon us! (Soon, please, make it soon!)

     Enjoy your day, if you can,

Jake.

Just one of many!

Just one of many!

 

Winter In New England

Oh snow, oh snow,

when will it end

and Mother Nature

cease to send,

foot upon foot

now piled high

and nearly returning

to the sky,

from whence it came

in a two-week span

trying the patience

of beast and man?

But, I fear the worst

may be yet to come

before the warming

of the sun

will melt away

this torment true,

as more is forecast

this whole week through.

Or, must we atone

for what ‘ere we’ve done

before once again,

we see the sun?

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 9, 2015

Oh, but there was one warm and fuzzy day here in New England. Way to go Pats. Job well done!

Improvise, adapt and overcome. Way to go Pats.

Improvise, adapt and overcome. Way to go Pats.

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A Non-partisan Political Thought

     Okay, no poetry today, just a thought that I was “pondering” as I awoke this morning. Yes, it is political in nature, but without any partisan intent, as it is fitting(in my opinion) for all elected and/or appointed positions within a government or other apparatus that control the general well-being of its constituents.

 Are responsible for our own well-being or for our own destruction

…..are ultimately responsible for our own welfare or our own destruction.

Therefore I submit to you that:

ALL political endeavor and positions of public

trust must be challenged and vacated in a timely

manner as to prevent stagnation, and/or the sense of

elitist entitlement, frequently spawned by

the complacency of both those holding said positions

and those who are charged with their appointments.

and oversight.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 22, 2015

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The Money Tree

    The following is a mixture of fantasy, folly, humor and humility, wrapped up in a moral.

     What if,,, money did grow on trees?

    Enjoy,

Jake.

Happiness must be planted in the heart.

Happiness must be planted in the heart.

The Money Tree

I’ve wondered how different

my life would be,

if in fact I owned,

that fabled money tree.

Of all the things

that I could buy,

but, the first be a wall

a hundred feet high.

The second a gardener

to keep it alive,

and the third be the guards

with an AR-5.

Oh, yes there’ll be change

for sure, in my life

and to that of my then,

soon future ex-wife.

Yes, she’ll get her half,

for that is the law

but for its care and its maintenance

she’ll ne’er raise a paw.

And she’ll laugh in my face

all the way to the bank.

Then drive off in her sports car

with her boyfriend named Frank.

While I sink alone

to a paranoid depth

afraid of my shadow

and my Pit Bull named “Death”.

Trusting no person,

not family nor foes

for they’re all out to get

what my money tree grows.

So I’ll sit by my window

with a gun in my hand

and think of my poor days

and how they now seem, so grand!

***

Jack Downing

Dec. 2014

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Same Old, Same Old

    

Happy New Year.. May it at least, be no worse than the last!

Happy New Year.. May it at least, be no worse than the last!

     Now that we have passed into the new year, and the resolutions that we make are now front and center. Such as: “I’m going to be a better person this year”… “I’m going to lose weight, this year” “I will attend church more often this year”…  “I will exercise regularly this year”… I will donate more to charity this year”… And then for me, there comes reality, you see, I have a history!!

     Now, I hope that you all have more resolve than yours truly and that you will achieve all of the goals you have set  for the year ahead, but as for me it will most likely be the; 

Same Old, Same Old

So, there’s another

new year

now upon us

but I’m thinking

it’ll be the same

as the last.

Oh, I’ll make

my resolutions

to be better

but, then resort

to what I’ve been

in the past.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2015

    Happy New Year to all of you, my friends and faithful followers.

Jake. 

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