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?

Ninth Grade Winner: Humor
Carolyn Pearson
Lawrence High School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Washington: Flight of an Eagle

Beating wings, sun above, an eagle climbs the wind. Past a herd of buffalo, immense blue shadows stand. Gliding across the wide open plain, the eagle spreads it's wings over gently rolling hills of amber waves of grain. The eagle soars, it dips, it dives, it climbs the granite peaks, and looks towards the sky....Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z.......SPLOT!

"Oh,yuck! Not again. I don't even need to look cross-eyed at this one. Gosh, do you think they could have carved my nose any larger?"

"Well George, you certainly are standing out there rather proudly. I mean, look at me, way back here, hidden by granite. (My mustache is so hot and heavy, I wish they would shave it off!) ....C'mon Georgy, the eagle had to go."

"Well he always seems to go at 3:00pm on MY nose! Do you know why this is? Do you want to know why all of the birds in the nation come to less populated places like South Dakota to do their business Mr. Roosevelt?"

"Now George, don't start complaining about the citizens of the United States of America."

"Oh, I'm not! They are doing many fabulous things for the country! But there is still one thing that bothers me. America is throwing away so much good land by cutting down trees to make golf courses, shopping malls, and even parking lots! What America is essentially doing is paving Paradise!"

"Oh, I think I know what you can do to solve your bird problem. Since no one can un-build and un-pave the nation, how about you simply buy a big hat to cover your large nose?"