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High Flight

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:11 AM
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

— John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

  • Listening to: Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Reading: red octber
  • Watching: airwolf
  • Playing: bf2
  • Eating: bbq ribs
  • Drinking: Jameson 18 year old whiskey
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Red-Lantern-2814 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Brings a tear to my eye. Its up there with Amazing Grace for bringing powerful emotions up.
SilverwindBlade Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I love this poem, thanks for posting it!
JamieTakahashi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We had to memorize that poem during Arnold Air Society training my freshman year. It's an AFROTC favourite.
Tawnya Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me flying is the best way to see this beautiful world that God has given us! :heart:
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