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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