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Wounded Eagle

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Did Ben Franklin really want

The emblem of the nation

Be the wild turkey?

Maybe so,

Though it’s hard when

One sees eagles in flight

To pick something else

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In Cincinnati

At the zoo

Was an enclosure

For a bald eagle

Wounded and then rescued,

An enormous structure

For the one

Who would only fly

Partially again,

Such was the hurt

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Netted magnificence

Still magnificent

Worthy for a nation

That’s somehow wounded, too,

And still can fly

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C L Couch

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While living in Cincinnati, I used to visit this eagle at the zoo.  I trust I remember enough and am witnessing correctly.

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For one season, I was able to photograph eagles at a nest. They were not bothered by my presence and in the morning the light was reasonably good. Sadly, that winter the tree blew down, and I have yet to find such an ideal site for eagle photography.

Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash

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