Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Remembrance



 Poetry Friday can be found with April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors!  Enjoy!




It’s Veterans Day today.  I am grateful to those in the past and who now offer their lives to keep us safe.  Some do not return, like my father in World War II.  I am saddened when I see today that children are still losing the sweet relationship of parent and child.  Some veterans return to fight the other war within themselves to regain the life they had.  I hope for them in that terrible conflict.   
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was an American aviator and poet who died as a result of a mid-air collision during World War II.  He was serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, which he joined before the United States officially entered the war, as did my father. Here is the beginning of a poem many of you may know; it was dear to my mother’s heart and is dear to mine. 






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

The whole poem can be found here.

4 comments:

  1. This poem always makes me cry...especially as I think of those men and women coming come from Iraq and Afghanistan to such uncertain futures.

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  2. Your first paragraph is stunning. Thank you for sharing.
    Ruth

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  3. Thank you for sharing such a fitting excerpt/poem, as well as your very personal connection to Veterans Day.

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  4. What an awe-inspiring and moving poem.

    "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"

    I'm very sad to hear about your father. There is always loss in war, nothing but Pyrrhic victories. I have a dear friend who is also in the army (special forces in the netherlands), thus, this poem means a great deal to me too. I will share this with him. :)

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