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Poem 'The Eagle's Watch' (vanity)
8/19/11

Posted on 08/19/2011 7:11:51 PM PDT by Kartographer

Earilier this week a a thread was posted here about a gentleman name Frank Glick who took a picture of an eagle resting on a veteran's gravestone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, The story really touched me and so I wrote this poem to go with the picture.

The Eagle’s Watch
In a quite river valley,
Lies a green and peaceful place,
Were warriors come to rest,
Having honorably met their fates.

No more do they stand the watch
Their worthy service done,
They’ve passed their duties on
To other Fathers' sons.

Yet flying high above them,
On silent wings spread wide,
Soars freedom's embodiment
And a country's sign of pride

The mighty Eagle watches o'er all
And guards their well-earned rests.
For he like they, knows the feel
Of Freedom in his chest.

And though he does his best to guard
The fallen warriors' sleep.
Still at times he grows so weary
And must rest his wings a-beat.

So slowly he glides his way
To where the fallen rest,
And there he bides his time a bit
Among the honored Vets.

And though he knows no words
Of the valiant warriors' speech,
Still they communicate
In a way that words can't reach.

Having communed with those who lie
Among the rows of stone,
The Eagle takes to flight again
And resumes his post alone.

In endless soaring circles,
He surely makes his rounds,
Guarding the fallen heroes
Who make this hollowed ground.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals; Poetry
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This is the picture:

1 posted on 08/19/2011 7:11:58 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

the news story about the picture is here:

http://www.startribune.com/local/127347018.html


2 posted on 08/19/2011 7:13:07 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
Very good Kartographer. Thanks.

Now this is what a vanity posting should be like.

3 posted on 08/19/2011 7:19:34 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Kartographer

I enjoyed that. Thank you.


4 posted on 08/19/2011 7:20:53 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: Kartographer

Lovely poem and wonderful picture. Thank you.


5 posted on 08/19/2011 7:22:33 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Kartographer

,-)


6 posted on 08/19/2011 7:25:21 PM PDT by svcw
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To: Kartographer

Well done. Now pass the kleenex...:) Thanks for sharing your work.


7 posted on 08/19/2011 7:35:31 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Kartographer

Beautiful...both the photo and the poem. Thank you for sharing.


8 posted on 08/19/2011 7:42:21 PM PDT by CaroleL
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To: RowdyFFC

Well done. A genuine tribute to the heroes of freedom.


9 posted on 08/19/2011 7:42:54 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: Kartographer

Excellent poem.


10 posted on 08/19/2011 7:56:16 PM PDT by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: Kartographer

God Bless you and thank you for this beautiful poem.
May I humbly suggest you contact Frank Glick and email him this poem ?


11 posted on 08/19/2011 7:58:12 PM PDT by simplesimon (Thomas Paine is weeping. Common sense is gone.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

The picture went viral around the e-mail circuit too. I must have received it six times.


12 posted on 08/19/2011 7:59:31 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Kartographer

Thank you sir, for the post.


13 posted on 08/19/2011 8:11:02 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: RowdyFFC
"Now pass the kleenex...:)"

Here ya go.......

Save some for me.

14 posted on 08/19/2011 8:38:21 PM PDT by EN1 Sailor (I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness)
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To: Kartographer

Went straight to my facebook page. Thank you. I will share with many many many.


15 posted on 08/19/2011 8:38:37 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: Kartographer

BTT


16 posted on 08/19/2011 9:01:50 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Do that brand new thing)
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To: Kartographer

Beautiful!


17 posted on 08/19/2011 9:53:02 PM PDT by hope
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To: Kartographer

Very nice. That’s a great picture and you’ve done it justice with your poem.


18 posted on 08/20/2011 1:57:02 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Rarely do I find I can reconcile a poem to a photograph. It seems one —or the other fails to capture what I have seen —or feel. But on occasion a jewel is found and this poem is that.T’anks— many many T’anks.


19 posted on 08/20/2011 4:08:31 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: CaroleL
Thank you for sharing.

It was good, wasn't it? Posted in full, too.

20 posted on 08/20/2011 4:48:49 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson; Admin Moderator
"Well Done, sir" *PING*

Please read the article at the head of the thread.

Thanks, Kartographer.

21 posted on 08/20/2011 7:58:42 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Kartographer

In a quiet river valley,
Lies a green and peaceful place
Where warriors come to rest,
Having honorably met their fates.

No more do they stand the watch
Their worthy service done,
They’ve passed their duties on
To other parents’ young.

Yet flying high above them,
On silent wings spread wide,
Soars freedom’s embodiment
And a country’s sign of pride.

The mighty eagle watches o’er all,
And guards their well-earned knolls.
The eagle knows, like they, the feel
Of freedom in their souls.

And though eagles do their best
To guard the warriors’ sleep
Still at times get weary
And rest their wings a-beat.

So slowly one glides away
To where the fallen rest,
And there bides time a bit
Among the honored vets.

And though knows no words
Of the valiant warriors’ speech,
Still they communicate
In a way that words can’t reach.

Having communed with those who lie
Among the rows of stone,
The eagle takes to flight again
And resumes the post alone.

In endless soaring circles,
Makes the certain rounds,
Guarding the fallen warriors
Who make this hallowed ground.

(Kartographer’s version made it seem that only men die in combat, I’m sure unintentionally.)


22 posted on 08/20/2011 10:26:22 AM PDT by Diotima4
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