High Flight;
The Poem Read at
Christie McAuliffe's Funeral:

High Flight, The Poem read at Christine McAuliffe's funeral

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 the 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, RCAF (1922-1941)

A Canadian fighter pilot killed in Action in World War 2

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