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CAGED EAGLE, by            
First Line: His eyes were on the ledger but his mind
Last Line: Dreams steered his course but duty braced his will.


His eyes were on the ledger but his mind
Looked far beyond a dock three floors below
His office window, far beyond the snow
Of great majestic peaks, or trails that wind
Through glistening woods, or prairies stern yet kind
(Since old romance endears them), or where flow
Waters as wild as Jersey's Ramapo
He cruised and portages, half awake, half blind:
Adventurer undaunted by a fate
Not of his heart's own choosing, he could still
Journey to distant ports -- arise, elate,
To claim new suns or, sharing victory's thrill,
Embark with sunset for the Golden Gate! --
Dreams steered his course but duty braced his will.





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