by John Gillespie Magee, WWII pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force
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 ever 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.
Arlene (Arl) was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada on 14th January 1953
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Richard (Rik) was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England on 16th March 1951
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Today Arl-n-Rik reside in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.