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High Flight

Written by John Gillespie McGee Jr., 9/3/1941

Submitted by Dr. Jerry Smola, Sweetwater, TX

 

High Flight

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.

Hovr'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 untrespassed sanctity of space,

put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

1992, Hachette Magazines, Inc.

 

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