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Gaylan Bolz United States (12/2/2005 9:36:00 PM)

I am looking for 2 poems. One, I think is by Eliz. Barrett Browning.It refers to a sense of loss or confusion at the loss of one's parents. The 2nd poem I heard in a movie, The Snow Walker. It uses the metaphor of flight. The last line is 'reach out and touch the face of God'. I think the author is McGee, but I have been unable to findd it on this site.

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  • Rookie - 200 Points Ernestine Northover (12/8/2005 4:51:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies
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    Your second poem if by John Gillespie Magee 1922 -1941

    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 sun-lit silence. Hovering 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 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.

    I believe this is the poem you mentioned Gaylan, I hope you enjoy it, it really is superb. Love Ernestine XXX

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    • Rookie - 200 Points Roger Skinner (5/29/2006 2:12:00 PM) Post reply

      sorry 'footless halls of air'...rather ruined the point! !

    • Rookie - 200 Points Roger Skinner (5/29/2006 2:09:00 PM) Post reply

      I think this poem is referred to as 'The Pilot's Prayer'...as the poet died at 19yo it must be that he WAS a pilot...the phrase 'foorless halls of air' is the high spot of the imagery for me.

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