1998 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

Second Prize: Four Presidents: Poetry
Arthur L. Oakes
Hermosa, South Dakota"
Four Presidents in Memoriam

GEORGE WASHINGTON
We have fought, our freedom's foe
And left behind for those to know
A Republic for which this nation stands
To stand for freedom in all the lands

THOMAS JEFFERSON
Vigilance eternal is the price we pay.
With blood and honor, to this very day.
For freedom's cost, some give their all,
When first they hear, sweet freedom's call.
For freedom's cost is often high,
That others live, so many die.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
From azure blue to gold and green,
Let's keep God's work, that it be seen,
By all who love these beauteous lands
The work and majesty from God's hands.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN
God save our union of these good states,
And bless us once more, with glorious fates.
For brothers fought and mothers wept,
That this union would be kept.


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