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Every now and then things long misplaced just pop into focus from long-ago memories. Here’s one from those after school snack times in front of the TV (B&W, of course) before heading out to play for a bit before dinner (well, actually “supper” in our home :-)). Every afternoon about four a brief video of a jet in flight accompanied by music and the reading of “High Flight” would hold me for a very short time:

The 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.

Just one more memory, burnished by time, softly glowing. I can still hear it as one of “the voices in my head”.

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4 Comments

Comment by NicoleNo Gravatar
2013-02-01 22:23:54

I associate this with the John Denver song and with Opus from Bloom County. :)

Comment by DavidNo Gravatar
2013-02-02 10:34:38

*huh* Interesting associations, Nicole. Tokin’ while watchin’? ;-)

 
 
Comment by mostly cajunNo Gravatar
2013-02-02 10:22:25

Showing my age here, but one of the local TV stations used High Flight as sign-off material at the end of the broadcast day, along with the National Anthem.

MC

Comment by DavidNo Gravatar
2013-02-02 10:33:23

I can recall those “late” night signoffs, mc. Always SSB. I can also recall turning TV on before broadcast day began and seeing the test pattern. Those were the days. . .

 
 

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