Just Some Passage Of Time

    This is a first hand report on the process of aging and the results of same. Please enjoy the latest emission from the mind of a newly inducted curmudgeon.

     Time does not necessarily heal all wounds my friends, sometimes the scars are just too deeply ingrained in the memory to be forgotten.

    Stay young and fight the onset of curmudgeon-ry,

Jake.

Curmudgeon

Curmudgeon

Just Some Passage Of Time

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We go from baby to grown-up

without warning or sign

we go from all warm and cuddly

and safe and sublime

to old men and women

who’ve aged not, like fine wine

now grumpy curmudgeons

who’ve crossed over some line

leaving the past and its promise

somewhere far behind

and how swiftly that happened

with just some passage of time.

***

Jack Downing

April 2016

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What Is Luck?

    I haven’t written anything for a while and this came to me as I was “pondering” my life’s situations and I thought I would share a bit of my mindset with you this morning. I hope that you will take something away from it and that you will perhaps reflect somewhat on those around you who make or have made a difference in your life and how they’ve made it worth the living.

Please enjoy the poem and your reflections,

Jake.

What Is Luck?

Why do most of us consider luck

as having to do with money?

When everyday there is something that

makes our lives more sunny!

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People that we meet and know

are so much more the part

of the fortune that we gain

and hold within our heart.

*

You see, with gold and silver coins and bars

there is no warmth to hold

but a touch from someone dear

can drive away the cold.

*

Yes, money can make your living easy

but your life can still be poor

if there are none who love you then

what are you living for?

*

Material things are not flesh and blood

and have not greater worth

than those of whom we meet and know

in our time upon this earth.

*

So, my friends I say to you

let not fortune pass you by

and remember well, this little poem

and luck won’t leave you high and dry!

***

Jack Downing

Mar. 2016

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The Birth Of A Nation

The birth of a nation
is like that of a child
the first years are for nurturing
and then come the wild.
But they’ll emerge as mature
with a lot of guidance and care
and survive to a great age
none worse for the wear.

Jack Downing

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Questions Of A Personal Nature

     This came to me a week or so ago, and it is a rather thought-provoking poem that elicited some  inner searching deeper than that which is my norm. But, I must confess that I am very pleased with its outcome and frankly I’m rather proud of it..  I do hope that all of you will give it your attention, your insight and your opinion should you so choose to do so! 

Please enjoy it and perhaps ask yourselves these questions,

Jake.

Is life really this simple?

Is this really the solution to life’s questions?

Questions Of Personal Nature

As we approach each of our life’s crossroads

do we really ponder which is the path to choose

or is it merely by our own natural instinct

or simply by heads or tails, win or lose?

Is the course of our life predetermined

or do we indeed have the gift of free choice

is the conscience an offshoot of a spiritual soul

or just the echo of some instructional voice?

Does one’s life truly have special meaning

when we’re the victim of an others foul deed

or if by our own hand the end comes to us

as depression is the hunger we must feed?

I have no answer to the questions I’ve raised

nor would I, or could I, debate

for these solutions escape my inadequate mind

so I guess I’ll just deal with my fate!

***

Jack Downing

Feb. 2016

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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.

    Jake.

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?

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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!

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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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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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