February 12, 1809

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and Charles Darwin, a scientist whose work underlies the study of biology today, were both born on February 12, 1809. The lives of both remain influential in our own lives, even now, 208 years after their birth.

They were an odd couple, these two,
both born on the same day,
each one destined to change the world
as he went his own way.

One to lead this nation of ours
in times of awful stress,
reuniting our government
and givin’ folks redress.

The other really stretched our thoughts
with scientific mind
in his search for the origins
of species God designed.

Yes, an odd couple – Abe and Charles…
radicals, if you will,
who so influenced life and thought
results are with us still.

Reprinted from Views from the Saddle, winner of the
2010 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Cowboy Poetry.