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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: The Raptor's Speckled Eye
By Kenneth Bridge
01/14/09


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From its blood-bought British hatching
Spreading wings and current catching
From out of many, now is one
It rises upward toward the sun

In air so rare
Where few have flown,
Unfettered by any bonds to place
Tracing feathered patterns of grace
Against a blue by blazing sun made bright
Gyres a new rapturous raptor flight
The sky its own, at liberty to roam
The sun its light, the Son its life
And calls all heavenly freedom home

One eye, undiluted
And so, undeluded,
Maps the broad terrain beneath
Mountain, plain, and broken heath
And sees slowly circling the lower altitudes,
Content with musty platitudes,
Carrion vultures who feast on corruption
Carrion cultures whose yeasty eruptions
Carry the stinking reek of death
Exhaling decay with every wheezing breath

The other eye, the speckled one
The cunning, deceitful, wicked one
That betrays by untrue pictures
Scripted in distorting ligatures
It rues the way it was lead astray
When with shrieking plummet
It grasped within its cruel talons
A strange and loathsome prey
A serpentine and bloody spray
Eye to eye and talons intertwined
The battle was with its own self joined
Victory came at fearful cost
Everything won was also lost

It rises wiser on towering currents
Cleansed by overpowering torments
And stretches its wings wide
From rising sun to eventide

Now it casts a wing-wide shadow
A low flying cross covers and blesses
Hilltop, treetop, rolling meadow
Upward looking, waving grasses
Everywhere its presence passes
Earthbound eyes mark the lofty caresses
Of the stately presence up so high
And are beckoned inwardly to touch the sky

Hot beastly passions and visceral fears sully the speckled eye
Holy Words and Godly tears cleanse the clear seeing eye
A nation writing liberty’s finest chapter
Look to your Maker, Majestic Eagle, high soaring, keen eyed raptor

But without the Word
Just a bird


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Lynda Schultz 01/15/09
Whoa—this is awesome! Those last two lines should create some serious thought.
Sharlyn Guthrie01/16/09
Powerful poetry! Your word choices are phenomenal.
Charla Diehl 01/16/09
WOW! This is powerfully, creative writing. A winner perhaps.
Karen Wilber 01/17/09
I was drawn in by the powerful imagery in this piece--the way you showed how the US can do both good and bad, depending on our choices and where (and at whom) we look.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/18/09
Awesome imagery reigns in this powerful poem.
Joanne Sher 01/19/09
Incredible. The couplet at the end, especially, is PERFECT.
Jan Ackerson 01/20/09
Simply OUTSTANDING! I'm in awe of this wonderfully-crafted and meaningful poem, and those last two lines are powerful, powerful, powerful.
Glynis Becker 01/21/09
Beautiful, beautiful imagery and such powerful words. Wow!