by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
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 windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor 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.
Today we had the awesome privilege of being able to watch the space shuttle take off. We were visiting our friends, the Killicks in the afternoon. As a side note, Tom's mom works at NASA, so she was there "lighting the wick" as Tom likes to joke! I've never seen a day launch, only the night launch, which was another awesome experience. It's hard to believe that the space shuttle has been rocketing off into space for over 27 years now and it is still breathtaking - even more so in person.