Saturday, December 4, 2010

For Mary, Jody, Kelly and Dudley

High Flight
By Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee

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 windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or 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.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 squadron,
RCAFKilled 11 December 1941

1 comment:

  1. This is one of our favorite poems and so beautifully expresses the moments we currently
    find our own selves in right now...
    How beautifully expressed.
    Thank you!