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High Flight (great poem)

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This is my favorite poem. The writer was a pilot in the Air Force (Canadian or British, I think) during WWII. I believe he was killed during the war. I heard that Pres. Reagan read it after the Challenger explosion. In light of the recent tragedy of the Columbia, here it is.

by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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. Hovering 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.
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Thank you for posting that wonderful poem. I think it captures a lot of what the Columbia astronaut's families have been saying-their family members left this life doing what they wanted to do. I've been keeping that in mind during this hard time.
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