Leisurely I looked down at the pond:
Sun sparkled , wind rippled , shimmering on .
Thoughts mingled aimlessly within my mind,
Life' s a struggle, answers are hard to find .
Glide silent , majestically sublime ,
Even there in shade drenched pine ,
Hide and seek on wood 's floor below ,
What grandeur in his shadow' s flow .
Sir Eagle chose my grove to grace
This day on west winds strong in place ,
For he who rides to heights unknown
Plummets to capture his prey alone .
Extinction faced this noble bird ,
Man 's problems really I'll compared .
So children , we lay down this claim :
With honor carry forth your name .
Ronald C. Downie