|Chasing the Wind
|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
|-- John Gillespie Magee, Jr., "High Flight"
|You have not dreamed of -- 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.
|On hazy wings, all shot with mellow gold,
I float; I float through shadows clear as glass;
I steal before the rain, the longed-for guest of summer,
As his mists drift slowly from the mountain peaks.
|-- Isabella Crawford, "Said the West Wind"
|Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
We can look for a star to guide us,
And always keep the moon beside us;
|We can chase the wind across the sky --
For we can fly. Yes, we can fly!
-- Jimmy Webb, "Up, Up and Away"
|I rise on wings of gossamer and dew
And soar over the earth,
Flirting with the clouds and the sun,
Winging my way through the sky;
|-- Lynette Yorgey, "Flight"
|Trailing a rainbow behind,
Climbing to greet the stars,
Swinging through rainstorms
And chasing the wind.
|Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
|-- Sarah Teasdale, "Barter"
|Spend all you have for loveliness, buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace, count many a year of strife well lost;
And for a breath of ecstasy, give all you have been, or could be.
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