Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Scout Poem
Re: Scout Poem
Greg L. Gough
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 07:10:00 -0500
Here are a couple of poems I have written, you have my permission to use
these as long as the by line stays intact.
Advisor Post 201, Ozark, MO. May you honor your ancestors by your actions.
Trail To Eagle
by Greg Gough (c) 1995
Walk upon the trail,
that links the,
future with the past.
Take the Oath,
Live the Law.
The pathway to Eagle,
is steep and narrow.
Your journey will require,
skill and fortitude.
Knowledge and Understanding.
Enough to base a lifetime on.
Your challenge is to;
Take the journey,
Join the few and
Soar with the Eagle.
by Greg Gough (c)1994
As the sun rises in the East,
So it sets in the West.
Thus, setting the pace that marks each step through life.
It matters not; how many steps we take...
But how we take them and in which direction.
Tonight we have celebrated the adventures
and victories of our fellow scouts.
Their accomplishments are many and
we should all be proud of their progress.
Like our fire, our Scouting Spirit truly burns bright.
Now as the glowing embers of our Council Fire
Fade and turn to ash, soon to be picked up and scattered by the four
May each of us preserve it's spirit in our heart and
pledge to ourselves, to be our best and carry out our duty;
to God, to Country, to Others and to Ourselves.
May the Master of all scouts be with us until we meet again.
What It Means To Be An Eagle Scout
by Greg Gough
(Awarded Eagle Scout 3/15/72)
It means that I have the ability to be a leader. Not of a gang or
but a leader of like minded individuals that uphold a creed, a sacred
A passion for life and the principals that founded the United States of
Patriotism is a loyalty I will never break. If called on I would
voluntarily give my life for my country. But more importantly, I will
work to make it better.
Duty to God is an ongoing learning and incorporating of similar moral
values that ensure that I will be a compassionate and productive citizen.
Eagle Scout is not a patch, an award or certificate to hang on the wall.
It is a way to live your life. Although the trail to Eagle is hard work
and fun; it is much more.
The Eagle rank is an education. Each rank is a chapter. The conclusion
is that by earning the Eagle rank the individual has the tools to be a
responsible consciences citizen who would gladly advance the group before
Threads of Time by Greg Gough
As the smoke filters up
through the leaves.
As did the smoke
in Kivas long before.
Our ancestors spirits
are drawn near.
Waiting and watching.
willing to counsel
The search for life's essence
is illusive and mysteries abound.
The shield of Knowledge
and the arrow of Truth
protect through obstacles
and take advantage of opportunities.
But the spear of Character
must be straight and unfailing
as must be the bearer.
And with both,
the willingness to throw
one's self into the duty
and service to others.
Rest easy Old Ones,
some of us have chosen
to carry forth the
traditions of the past.
by Greg Gough (c) 1996
Eagle by Greg Gough
I dreamed of the Eagle,
soaring high above.
free from it's Earthly tether.
shadowing and altering reality.
All who see it,
focus upon it.
At times it becomes elusive
as it dances in and out of the sun.
do not turn away and
miss your chance to share
in it's spirit.
The spirit of the Eagle can be found in
each young Scout's eyes.
It's presence can be felt
by those close to achieving
Scouting's highest honor.
And it's essence
is preserved and cherished
by those known as