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Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)
TITLE: Freedom's Wings
By Bonnie Bowden
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A fortress dwelling on the rocky crag,
Built as a stronghold against the enemy,
Piercing, yellow eyes search the estuaries below,
Talons clutching both olive branches and arrows,
Willing to fight, until death, for liberty.
The sky is your vast kingdom
Behold your majesty as you soar higher and higher;
Downward you plunge to capture the spoils of your plunder,
Such swift descent, a reminder of our limited days on earth
Your presence leaves a lasting impression,
No other winged creation exemplifies such courage and purpose.
Faithful to your mate and native land
No matter where your journey leads,
To home you always return
Some have tried to bring you to extinction,
But nothing could extinguish your indomitable spirit,
God has reestablished your place in the heavenlies.
Arise eagles; awaken from your slumber,
Hear again, the war that rages below,
Cry out as you did during the Battle of Brandywine,
“Shriek for our freedom,” like you did over two centuries ago
Restore meaning to our symbol of freedom and strength,
Protect us, O God, under the shelter of your everlasting wings.
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