These are the things for which an eagle gives

His avian thanks: A sturdy heart, an eye

That is unblinking the noonday sun;

Great wings that lift majestically high,

Above the earth where men dispute and strive

To conquer peoples or to keep them free.

He builds a nest protected only by

Its utter inaccessibility.

Assured that lesser courage, lesser strength

Before his jagged crags must early stop,

He lives apart -- high hermit of the hills --

And dies alone upon his mountaintop.

#eagledays #scnaturecenter


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