1999 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

First Place Winner: College
Jeffrey Allan O'Hearn,
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

Lincoln: Bird's Eye View

One might think that I can not see
Mounted high in the air looking down on thee.
The truth of the matter is that I hear
The cries for our help in my ear.
Likewise, my eyes are not blind
To the injustices performed against mankind.
For over 200 years, we have secured our land
But now it is time to share our hand
With all our neighbors
And through all of our labors.
For, our brethen, I count as all,
And it is time to answer their call.

I have seen our world grow to be interdependent
And now it is our duty to defend it.
We are a mighty nation, a superpower.
But what does that mean if our world goes sour?
We have fought and won our freedom and liberty.
Now,is time to recognize our neighbor's dignity.
Whether it be Kosovo or Iraq,
Our goal needs to be to fight back.
To protect human rights and promote peace,
To make the cries of war cease.
Our nation has grown to cohesion
Since my divided years to form a great legion.
And so I leave you with this plea,
"To give of yourself more than you receive."