Sunday, June 3, 2012

on laughter-silvered wings

At the Eatonville Middle School track meet versus Pioneer, I caught a few images of Logan Moose doing the long jump. Just for fun, I thought I'd take one set of images with the camera held diagonally, to see if I could emphasize the idea of him soaring above the earth. That unaltered image can be seen here, in its original angled form. But what really looked cool to me was this image, with the image rotated back to horizontal and the world tilted correspondingly.

The quote is from the famous poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.:

"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 with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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