by Royal Canadian Air Force Cadet
|Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of
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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