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I look toward the eagle, thorn, and snake
And find I may someone from danger take

When facing Atlas' rough and salty brine,
Beyond the wall is where I now incline

The cellulose destroyers next I see.
I split a house of worship centrally.

At last I view the place of peace and rest.
A gesture of farewell describes me best.

A greeting in a land that's ceased to be:
That suits my circumstances pointlessly.

Solve the riddle by making sense of these ramblings.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm assuming there should be an apostrophe after "Grandfather"; if I'm wrong and this is some kind of very subtle hint, please roll back my edit. $\endgroup$ Jul 13 '17 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor It was, indeed, a mistake. $\endgroup$ Jul 13 '17 at 12:50
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I think you are

the United States of America, looking at its borders.

Title:

my grandfather's other son would be my uncle, so we're looking at Uncle Sam.

I look toward the eagle, thorn, and snake
And find I may someone from danger take

Eagle, thorn, and snake describes the coat of arms of Mexico, which is South of the US. To take someone from danger is to SAVE them.

When facing Atlas' rough and salty brine,
Beyond the wall is where I now incline

The first line clearly refers to the Atlantic Ocean, which is East of the US. Inclining beyond the wall, one might find an EAVE.

The cellulose destroyers next I see.
I split a house of worship centrally.

Cellulose destroyers could refer to beavers, found in Canada (thanks @GarethMcCaughan), which is North of the US. Splitting the centre of a church is a NAVE.

At last I view the place of peace and rest.
A gesture of farewell describes me best.

The Pacific Ocean sounds like a pacific place, a place of peace, which is West of the US. A gesture of farewell is a WAVE.

A greeting in a land that's ceased to be:
That suits my circumstances pointlessly.

AVE is a greeting in the dead language of Latin, and this is the (compass-)"pointless" version of the words SAVE, EAVE, NAVE, WAVE.

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    $\begingroup$ @Gareth Beavers again? ;-) $\endgroup$ Jul 13 '17 at 12:26
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, it seems we're having a plague of them at the moment. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Jul 13 '17 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ You have gone in some good directions and are most of the way to the solution. $\endgroup$ Jul 13 '17 at 12:48
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, oh! My explanation about the central split was nonsense. The last lines describe the directions, followed by a common greeting in a land that ceased to be: Save, Eave, Nave, Wave. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jul 13 '17 at 14:09
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    $\begingroup$ Ave @MOehm, gratia plena, enigma est tecum. $\endgroup$ Jul 13 '17 at 14:32

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