[ Baden Soellingen ]

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
Of sun- split clouds- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed - 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
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.

Pilot Officer John G.Magee Jr.

[ Baden Remembered | Forty Years ]