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Ernestine Northover Ernestine Northover Female, 71, United Kingdom (12/8/2005 4:51:00 PM)

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

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

  • 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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