it never gets old


Yesterday I flew over the Rocky Mountains.



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 have trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

~Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee, No 412 squadron, RCAF, Killed 11 December 1941

To still be able to experience the wonder of floating in the sky: beautiful thing number seventy-eight.


  1. Reply
    Susannah December 3, 2011

    Wow!, Just….Wow! 🙂

  2. Reply
    LindyLouMac in Italy December 4, 2011

    What an amazing sight!

  3. Reply
    Carol December 4, 2011

    I have no words that will do both the poem and the pictures justice!
    C x

  4. Reply
    Jennifer December 4, 2011

    Ditto, pal!

  5. Reply
    Jennifer December 4, 2011

    LL, I couldn’t even begin to capture it…

  6. Reply
    Jennifer December 4, 2011

    Me either, my friend. x

  7. Reply
    Selma December 6, 2011

    ‘Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
    Stunning. Glorious. Leaving me breathless….

  8. Reply
    Jennifer December 6, 2011

    Yep, Selma, what you said.

  9. Reply
    kelly December 7, 2011

    oh my, yes!

  10. Reply
    Susan Tiner December 7, 2011

    Gorgeous photographs. I am impressed you were able to get such good shots as my own photos in airplanes always look blurry.

  11. Reply
    Jennifer December 10, 2011

    that’s what I’m sayin’!

  12. Reply
    Jennifer December 10, 2011

    I took lots and lots – a few turned out!

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