High Flight, 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 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.

High Flight, John Gillespie Magee, Jr by 


Written by John Gillespie Magee, an American serving in the RAF. He was 19 when he died, not long after writing this.

Anyone who has ever flown solo will connect with this.

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Comments

  • Stuart Thorpe
    Stuart Thorpeabout 6 years ago

    Ah….caught my breath and felt the hairs rise with my mind up there, and was transported. Thanks for giving us this Ranald.

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 6 years ago

    Thanks Stuart. It is special. Have you seen this as well?

  • donnz
    donnzalmost 4 years ago

    nice

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