High Flight

by Royal Canadian Air Force Cadet

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 hall of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, nor even eagle flew --

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high, untresspassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

© 1998-2000, Fred Carl Gardner, All rights reserved.

 Last Revised on January 1, 2002

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