September 12, 1920 ~ December 22, 2011
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the sky on laughter silvered wings.
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and one a hundred things.
I've wheeled and soared and swung high
in the sun-lit silence.
Hovering there I've chased the shouting winds aloft.
And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
The higher we fly, the farther we go.
The closer we are to each other.
The darker the night, the brighter the star.
In peace go my sisters and brothers.
Up, up, the long delirious burning blue,
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
where never lark nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent lifting mind
I trode the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.
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