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'Benchmark'

Wars are fought on the battlefield, not at the beach, nor in the park, Whether you lead or follow make sure victory sets the, "Benchmark."

Benchmark
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(CLEVELAND) - “Benchmark”

“A standard by which something can be measured or judged,”
When on that premise under no circumstance will you budge,
Measured according to certain standards in order to compare,
However, not by just arriving first class but to keep you there.

Elevation used as a reference point in observations and surveys,
While determining an avenue to approach in the strongest way,
Upon the pinnacle of success only seen from a mountain peak,
Where the air is so thin only Eagles will dare to rest their beak.

Alignment according to specifications so as to vastly improve,
Comparable accountability and it contemplates the right move,
Whereas, the fork in the road has now become a one way street,
No one can launch a surprise attack face to face you must meet.

The student learns from the teacher and not the other way around,
Those who raise the bar may only do so standing on solid ground,
An Eagle spots a dime a hundred yards away from an aerial view,
While a sermon is preached from the pulpit and not from the pew.

A Hall Of Fame requires credentials far and above all of the rest,
Ah, what foundation would be stable if it accepted anything less?
There should always be a comparison test to let everybody know,
Taste difference between cream & milk like the Pro’s & the Joe’s.

In a fierce battle or an immense struggle cream will rise to the top,
There is no such thing as stuck in the middle, you quit or you are stopped,
Wars are fought on the battlefield, not at the beach, nor in the park,
Whether you lead or follow make sure victory sets the, "Benchmark."

By Luke Easter

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Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.

We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.

Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: lyricsfromlucas@aol.com

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