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“High Flight”

August 9, 2011

Ever since I received it on a poster as a gift, when I was is my late teens, I have loved the poem “High Flight,” written in 1941 by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee of the RCAF:

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 windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew –
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

This past week, I was struck by the thought that both Magee’s passion for flight and Peter’s yearning to walk on water are expressions of the deep desire to experience the freedom of life within, and connection with the One who is this life’s Source.  

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