Ad Astra “Rocket man”

The news tonight said our first “Rocket Man” has passed. At the age of ninety five, John Glenn has “slipped the surly bonds of earth,” words from the poem High Flight, that both my father and I loved.      

I first watched space travel in a school classroom in the early 60s. I daydreamed along with everyone else as we were mesmerized by the sights on television. 

Here below is the entire beautiful poem:

High Flight

John Gillespie Magee, Jr

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’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

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

**********************

Another sliver of childhood slips away…

ad Astra John Glenn and RIP!

Nancilynn Saylor December 8, 2016


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Author: Nancilynn

Poetess, memoir writing, essays about life; these are the things I write about. I also love to cook, so you'll likely find a recipe or two in this blog. I am passionate about Nature and family, so from time to time I will share pictures-with or without poetry.

2 thoughts on “Ad Astra “Rocket man””

  1. Beautiful tribute, Nancilynn. I’ve always loved that poem and it’s surely fitting for John Glenn. This Buckeyevis not proud of much from Ohio these days but John Glenn still stands as one shining thing from there. Thank you for reminding me.

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