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Troubled by the conflict dominating our lives I asked why? The answer is a question of meaning I present in "the poem", "the precis", "the essay" all titled "The Last Why". The other writings are derivatives. Thank you for sharing. Doug.E.Barr  

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Sunday
Jul112010

EAGLES and HUMANITY

(father of Phoenix)

Now, in my world of metaphor
The eagle is humanity.
We've built our nest of sticks that are
Religion and philosophy.

Each has a stick we claim to be
The relevation that is right.
The consequence of our beliefs;
A never ending human fight.

We beat all those we know are wrong,
Convinced that God is on "my side."
But in these fights I can't believe
That God is taking any pride.

Instead I think that if God is,
God has for us a final test.
To pass we must release our sticks
And live our lives without the nest.

Imagine how we all will feel
When we give up our "childish things"
And in the freedom we will find
We "soar as (if) on eagles' wings."

PHOENIX'S LEGACY 04/29-07/14 2010

Twelve thousand of us start to cry.
Deep sadness overwhelms us all.
Our Phoenix never got to fly!
We didn't hear our eagle's call
Of joy as it first used its wings
To show us how to leave our nest!
Without her can we drop those things
We must so we can pass God's test?

We should because its legacy
Is greater now that it has died.
Our eaglet is Humanity.
Its life could end before we tried.

AN EAGLE'S CRY

From far beyond where I can see
I hear an eagle's cry.
It is not made for joy in flight;
But is a mournful "why?"

"I'm looking for a place to land
But trees have disappeared.
The water is so tainted now
The fish are to be feared.

Why can't you see what will be done?
Oh why are you so blind?
Please understand when I am gone
You can't be far behind.

I don't know why I want to live.
I simple want to be.
The time is short, please leave your nest.
I plead, come soar with me.

read Phoenix: in memory

and  Eagles' Vision   


Reader Comments (8)

Doug, that tribute to Phoenix was absolutely beautiful!! It captured our feelings perfectly. Well said. -Hugs-

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSyah

I was looking for you in all the posts and couldn't find you. But here you are with your words to help us sort out the sadness we are feeling. To me, this journey is a lesson in humanity. For a short while, we became one world, one people. And even in the sadness, it is good.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

Beautifully written, Doug. The line about Phoenix never getting to fly brought me back to the tears I've been shedding on and off for hours. Maybe the thing of it is, there is no real sense to things. I believe an author once wrote, "There is no justice but there is love." And we all so loved this wild, beautiful bird.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia Quintano

Doug these poems are so appropriate for the Phoenix RIP page. Hope you post them there. Lovely thoughts and words. Thanks for sharing.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Vick

The author must have a spirit of an eagle!

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElaine Wong

Beautifully composed words of poetry, Doug. I am making a copy of them to read from time to time.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuby L. Adams

OMGOSHHHH I LUV THAT POEM MHMMM WAS IT CALL AN EAGLES AND HUMANITY BTW I LIKE THE LAST 4 LINES
WEN IT SAID {I DON'T KNOW WHY I WANT I TO LIVE I SIMPLY WANT TO BE BUT IN THE TIME IS SHORT ,PLEASE LEAVE UR NEST I PEAD COME SOAR WIT MEH } xDDDDD

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

Lovely words bringing beautiful pictures and thoughts to mind. Were you ever a John Denver fan? Your poems sound much like his songs and his view on our wildlife and his beliefs in what is happening to our world.

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Thank you for taking the time to remind me why I write, to explain "what is happening [in] our world." I remember John Denver but wasn't a fan only because for some unknown reason I never became a fan of anyone. Doug.E.Barr

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne Belk

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