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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Freedom's Wings
By Bonnie Bowden
02/23/11


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Your throne perched on a lofty mountain peak
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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diana kay02/26/11
Wow! i so love this poem! hope it gets up on that winners board because it is soring high in my estimation
Beth LaBuff 02/26/11
Wow, this is so very good! I can picture that eagle symbol you describe with the arrows in his talons. Your poetry is wonderful!
diana kay03/03/11
well done on the highly commended! there were some great entries in beginner this week
Beth LaBuff 03/03/11
Bonnie, I'm so pleased to see the highly commended bar at the top of this. Super congrats!
Kathy Stevens 03/04/11
Beautifully done in construction as well as spirit. Congratulations on your HC.
Loren T. Lowery03/07/11
There is a lot of power and authority in your writing - What you've written here, reminds me a great deal of the 91st Psalms. Yes, indeed but call upon and rely upon Him once more. Great job, and congratulations on your EC. Loren
Henry Clemmons03/07/11
Your last stanza was masterful-make my hair stand up-anointed. It was a little wordy to start, but you finished with a memorable bang. Such an anointed voice; one for today. This poem gave me strength. Excellent job. I am very excited to see such anointed poets and writers sharing here. Keep working, you'll be one leading the pack one day. Outstanding entry!