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. 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, or ever eagle flew –
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space, –
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
2 thoughts on “Memorial”
Wow, I love your poem, but then I also love your pictures! Especially the second one with the orange highlights from the setting sun… You definitely got an amazing photo there 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Kyle. I memorized this poem while in basic training a LONG time ago. It is beautiful. The top photo was taken today on my way home from Georgia and the bottom photo was taken a few years ago on a flight from Cancun.
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