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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Church (12/06/07)

TITLE: Illegal to Eat Eagles
By Jan Ross


“These are the birds you are to detest—
The eagle is not for food.”

This is the law of the Lord Most High
He speaks this for mankind’s good.

Eagles first learn how to stand, then fly
He gains strength before he soars;
Boldly he mounts up on wings of pow’r
High above the fiercest storms.

Mighty defenders protect their young
Faithful to stay with one mate;
Carefully tending their nest perched high
Hunting in pairs, subjugate.

The eagle’s hooked beak is powerful
Yet he won’t eat his own breed.
Unlawful to eat flesh of his kind
On eagles he will not feed.

Learn the lessons the eagles will teach
They’re more like us than you know
Valuable insight awaits the one
To whom the myst’ry God shows.

We, like eagles, first learn how to stand
We grow, then learn how to fly
Boldly we mount up on wings of pow’r
Soaring above stormy skies.

Mighty defenders protect the young
We’re faithfully bound to Christ
Carefully guarding the babes, the young;
Salvation at such a price!

But listen, my friend, and hear me well
Those things the Lord has decreed.
With powerful beaks, we rip to shreds;
On flesh of eagles we’ll feed.

The Church and the eagles are alike
God’s laws for both are for good
“These are the birds you are to detest—
The eagle is not for food.”

Refuse to let strife or bitterness,
Contention or hate or spite
Compel to devour unlawful flesh,
The Church’s most dreadful blight.

Rightly discern the Body of Christ:
For this cause many are sick.
Man against man, and church against church,
Our hearts have become sinsick

Be like the eagle—refuse to prey,
Devouring flesh of your kind;
Sharpen your beak on the Word of God
And not your brother’s behind.

Based on Leviticus 11:13

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Sally Hanan12/13/07
Hahaha, loved the last line :D
Peter Stone12/14/07
Wonderful message. I so long to see the day when all the churches unite in love instead of back biting. I cracked up big time with the last verse.
Joanne Sher 12/14/07
Very neat analogy - and lesson. Of course, I loved the last line too.
LaNaye Perkins12/17/07
You have blessed us with a very powerful message in poetry. Like the others, I especially loved the last line. Great job!
Jan Ackerson 12/18/07
Oh, wow! This may be one of my favorite poems here EVER! Great illustration, and awesome last line! I love, love, love it!
Sara Harricharan 12/19/07
Very interesting title and really interesting bits of information to go with it! I didn't know some of that. Great job.
Sheri Gordon12/19/07
This is very good. I love eagles, and you did a great job with your comparison between them and us. Excellent writing, and nice job with the topic.
Sharlyn Guthrie12/20/07
Wow! Your poem is very unique, creative and thought-provoking, not to mention well crafted. I would never have thoght of this approach for the topic, but you pulled it off.
LauraLee Shaw12/20/07
Oh my, just when I think I've read all the good ones! Wow! Your title is incredible, the idea is nothing short of amazing, and your last line TOTALLY catches the reader off guard. This is an anointed piece, because only the Lord could pull off something this brilliant.
Dee Yoder 12/21/07
I really like the references you use through the poem to make your point. And that last line is just classic! Really great message in this poem.