International Writing Contest
Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
with Visions for America
they could speak today,
what might they
Place Winner: Adult Poetry
Lincoln and Roosevelt
Through eyes of stone we gaze
from mountain side as crowds appear,
wondering why they travel far
to view our silent image here.
Is sculptures hand the only
to see a feat of carving stone,
to stand and stare and that is all?
Faces frozen fast in stone.
Or might they seek a tribute
to honor heros of the past?
But others fought for freedom dear
giving life to make it last.
Do they seek some better
when others died for cause, not hate,
returning nation to it's prime?
As though stone faces hold this fate.
Would that we could break the
urging all who come this way.
A nation's fate is in the balance
none from freedom's cause can stray.
Will each respond with quiet
to questions asked by liberty:
"Am I friend for freedom's cause,
or foe through quiet apathy?"
When freedom calls will each
for this is not our cause alone.
May mountain's face inspire beyond
these silent sentinels of stone.