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THE WINGED VICTORY, by            
First Line: Headless, the nike dominates the hall
Last Line: Her vital body's there to claim our trust!
Subject(s): Freedom; Strength; Victory; Liberty


Headless, the Nike dominates the hall.
Armless, she manages to hold all eyes;
For that clean sweep, fulfilled yet virginal,
Answers a prayer no one can jeopardize.
Her lovely strength she flings into the void,
Smooth as a gull's wing, sharper than a knife,
Derelict man can find himself convoyed
To open seas, undreamed of in his life.
So liberty, sculptured in ancient time,
With missing fingers guides the heart of man
To tranquil harbors where it's summertime,
Though angry seas are all that he can scan.
What if the thrilling head and arms are dust?
Her vital body's there to claim our trust!





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