“Dancing the skies on laughter-silvered wings”

I don’t have a favourite poem – I have many! They inspire me; flood me with strength and hope in the darkest times; or perhaps arouse my passion and intellect. This poem falls into the first category (inspiration). It was written in 1941 by John Gillespie Magee, Jr  – a World War II pilot, who died in a mid-air collision, a few months after writing it. He was 19 years old.

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. 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 nor 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.

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About Poetic Beauty

Passionate lover of beauty in all its forms, from the universal to the infinitesimal, with a desire to touch the hearts of all I encounter and share the beauty of life with others My art: www.poeticbeauty.co.uk
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One Response to “Dancing the skies on laughter-silvered wings”

  1. Nancy Robertson says:

    I have loved this poem from the first time I heard it long ago.

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