High Flight designed by Janet Robertson in Honor of John Magee, RAF pilot Officer and Author of A LOVE SONNET

When I was a child I saw the Navy Blue Angels ...then I heard John Magee's poem 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 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."
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was 19 years old when he was killed while on a training flight with the RAF. Three months earlier, he had written this poem. A love sonnet to the sky.
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janet robertson


Cloud photos by Janet Robertson Jet photos courtesy of U Local Poem and Photo of John Gillespie Magee courtesy Wikipedia and the RAF

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