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?

Fifth Grade Winner
Maren Elizabeth Stjernholm
Teacher, Mrs. Edison
Oscar Howe Elementary School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Abraham Lincoln

If Abraham Lincoln was alive today,
this is what I think he might say,
"Oh me, Oh, my, another fight,
Serbs and Albanians fighting each other.
Probably none of them thinking about their mothers.
Armies, ground troops, bombs and more,
and lots of planes in the sky that soar.
From other wars I wish people would see,
what hatred can do to you and me.
This fighting and killing has to end.
We need to learn to live together again.