International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America
If they could speak
By Faith Abraham: (Lincoln)
By faith Abraham gave his Isaac
Six score and seventeen years ago,
Were he to see the state of the union
Would the springs of his eyes
An end to slavery, an end to war,
By faith Abraham followed his Lord
Brett Campbell, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisianna
With Eyes Open: (Washington)
Here I sit, perched upon my rock
Jeffrey O'Hearn, Moline, Illinois, Saint Louis University
Together in Thought
Upon this mount us four have sat
We see the world as one should
United by actions, titles, and thoughts
Not only by what WE said and did
And so, as we enter the year of the zeroes
Krista Shackleford, Mount Allison University, Charlottetown, PE, Canada
I Cannot Tell A Lie: (Washington)
Dear Sons And Daughters,
I cannot speak
So listen to my countenance
I look down on you.
America, I cannot tell a lie.
If my nose were a rose: (all 4 presidents)
If my nose were a rose
If my story weren't a tome,
Julie Schlafer, U of Cincinnati, Ohio
SUCCESS AND COURAGE IN THE SECOND MILLENIUM: (Roosevelt)
Teddy Roosevelt looking down upon the harried hoards of tourists at Mt. Rushmore would let out an exasperated sigh. He would watch the people like a father does when his child has acted up once again despite all warnings, and then maybe he would remember his own words from days long gone.Perhaps, he would hold his thoughts about our self-centered lives and then whisper out across the country like a great prarie-wind those wise words again.
"It is not the critic that counts, nor the man who points out where the strong man stumbled, or where a doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and who comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. The man who at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who never knew victory or defeat."
Then he would roar, "STRIVE VALIANTLY!"
Daniel Marcou, U of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
"Well, I'll be dog-gone-it. It seems that I'm remembered best for being the namesake of all these things called Teddy Bears. You see, it all started with a bear hunting trip. I was a gonna kill me a bear! But then I saw this cute cuddly little baby bear, and I just couldn't shoot him. Nope, just couldn't do it. Weelll, the news media picked up on this, and had a ball with it. Soon one of the stores started sellin little stuffed bears with the name Teddy bear, after me of course. I guess that's what started it all. Oh well. At least I'm remembered...and I have my face on a really big rock to prove it! That Mount Rushmore is really something. It musta taken years for someone to do that. I wonder how I got lucky enough to be up there? I tell you what though, the Crazy Horse monument is really going to be something too! I'm just glad I made a difference...Even if it was only in the life of a little brown bear."
Stephanie Treglown, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
It is truly amazing how far my beloved country has progressed. Computers and car, I understand are only a smidgen of how far we've come.
The elimination of inequality is my no means complete. But given what it was in my day, the strides been made is commendable. Who could have imagined my hopes and dreams would becoming a reality! A meritocratic society -no longer are people condemned because of their gender or creed and have no rights to vote.
But my people, you know I always speak the truth and from my perch on Mount Rushmore, I caution that with these advances comes the bad. Be wise my brethrens, weigh the cost! I left this world because of an act of violence and this violence has grown drastically since. Take heed!!!
Theres something foul in the air. Our lovely air its been polluted. All these are harmful to my people. For now, I am safe on Mount Rushmore, but soon, if these trends continue, the consequences, oh the consequences!!!
So, my people, youve done well thus far and in you I place my trust that youll take heed and protect the wonderful world God gave to us.
Nicole A. Grant, Antigua State College, St. John's, Antigua
Memoirs Of The Presidents: (Washington, Lincoln)
"If the English had only excercised restraint we may not have become the great nation we are today" Washington
"Now that brother has stopped fighting brother and families are no longer divided, let us make this solemn pledge among ourselves: Never again shall brother rise against brother and families fall apart and lay in wait for the spoils of war to prosper ourselves at our brothers expense. Let us be able to say this without anyone denouncing us: our nation has and always will be the champion of all civil rights upon the face of this earth and it is the most beautiful because we made it so and may the ghosts of the civil war be laid to rest." Lincoln
Gerald Seah, ST John Fisher's College, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Sunscreen: (Washington, Roosevelt)
"I've been enjoying this beautiful landscape for a while now, and I've come to be a bit wrinkly and brown. I wonder why this is?," said Washington one day, "Well my boy," replies Roosevelt, "Those fellers from the government have been saying that the sun is what causes this problem for you." "I don't believe it," says Washington, "In my day the sun was the cure for all the ills of the human body." Well," ponders Roosevelt, "Every' darned hiker, or biker, or tourist that comes up here is talking about his sunscreen." "Are you daft, man," says Washington, "that's just the pipe talkin', there aint no such thing as sun- screen?" "You betcha there is," says Roosevelt, "and you'd best get some, I think all this sun exposure is going to your head."
Rebecca Haws, Whittier College, Whittier, California