GMD, why do I think of him like that? My family, big on initials of names, for some reason.
GMD, my material grandfather, George M. Downing, not frowning, just thrownin’ words down,
For him on his birthday, 107, not here anymore, still deep within me, spirit living on, as it should be.
A doer, a leader, an educator, a learned man, number guy, Doctor of Ed. after his name, dedicated career, then shifted,
Rancher, cowboy, great grandpa, through and through, hunter, fixer, not much of music mixer, read a lot, deep in it, ready to win it, or so it seemed,
Did, a solid vocation, then on permanent vacation, not relaxing, always working, making, creating, tending, mending,
What would he say about me now? Some how, I think he’d give a nod, not the form or the norm, my path different, yet the same, in the game, not backing down, like him, not backing down,
Grinding, making, creating,
Bobbing, weaving, some grieving,
Still going, somehow ever knowing, on the right path,
Loving nature, outside, words, ideas, going forward, ever-knowing, trusting,
Happy Birthday, GMD.