Eagle of Gold

I have seen your wings flexed in flight
on the lectern of Canterbury
and in the churches of Belgium and France
whose doors have been open
for nine centuries or more
what is the purpose of your presence
are you the courier that streaks between heaven and earth
with a divine message
are you the symbol of the glorious heights
we can attain in the ascent and transcendence of our mortal selves
shall we fear the chariots of fire of Jeremiah
whose horses are swifter than eagles
or shall the voice of Isaiah prevail
as your wings comfort us
and carry us above the clouds of despair
hear me oh royal bird
what is the message
and the mission
of those who would fly like an eagle.

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