Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Sunward I've Climbed - albeit not through cloud because that would be naughty!

I am absolutely buzzing! I just flew an hour in a Quantum (as the GT was getting its 50 hour service), REALLY FLYING! Climbing turns, descending turns....and I was reminded up there of the JG Magee poem that I have occasionally read in assembly:

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 ever 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

Probably sounds a bit pompous putting that one here, but this morning I had a foretaste of that and I know that once I have my Dragonfly and can fly alone it is going to feel just like that.

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