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Does anyone know this poem?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Something about "I have slipped Earth's surly bonds".

Who it is by and how it goes? I can't find it anywhere...

post #2 of 5
Is this what you're looking for...?

Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And dance the clouds on laughter silvered wings.
Upward I climb amidst the tumbling mirth,
Of sun split clouds, doing a hundred things
You've never dreamed of. Wheeled and soared and swung,
High in the sunlit silence, hovering there
I chase the shouting winds along,
And hurl my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious, burning blue
I top the wind swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or ever eagle flew
And whilst, my silent lifting mind I trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Reach out my hand, and touch the face of God

By John Gillespie Magee. World War 1 Fighter pilot who died
In aerial combat aged 18 years.

A google search found it fairly quickly, though I only checked the first half dozen or so links provided. If this is not it, perhaps there's something else I didn't get to.

Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Was this special to him?
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
It is the exact right one! I searched on both Google and Alta Vista and couldn't find it. Thank you.

It wasn't particularly special to him. We just like the thought of that is how he is now. I am putting this in his death notice.

Thank you Fran, I really appreciate it.

post #4 of 5
Its a heck of a set of lines that my wife has always said that she would use for me if and when something happens to me.
I have flown so many times that flying is easier than driving to me. I have felt those same feelings that john Gillespe junior explains in the lines he so wrote whilst serving over here in the UK from the Royal canadian air force.
My best memories are in open topped airplanes, where I have been up to altitude and punched through the clouds and let my fingers hang out in the airstream. Mainly done in New York state at Old rhinebeck. I have flicked the clouds with my hands and screamed with excitement into the howling wind and done aerobatics when my father was in the airplane with the instructor with me. Its the nearest I have been to heaven and you really feel as though you can reach out and touch the face of god - and all the time you are there in his sanctity of air - hes silently watching and smiling at you and your enjoyment.
God bless your grandfather and god bless you.
Next time I fly - in the new year - will give you both a thought.
post #5 of 5
That's the poem that President Reagan read, at the memorial for the Challenger astronauts.
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