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ONCE, I COULD FLY

Once I could fly,
without a plane,
unconstrained
by gravity, and
unbounded by
mother earth.

I would soar like
a human eagle,
my arms wings,
my heart warm
and beating
notes of joy.

High up in the
cool air I was
safe,lord of
all I saw as
I dived and
banked, rose
and fell again,
brushing close 
to ground but
never touching--
then pumping 
winged arms
to reach far 
above a trite,
boring world
whose creatures
wore chains
too heavy to
let them fly.

Oh how I loved
that time when 
the child I was
could fly every
night in special
dreams, or so
it seemed.
I suppose they
really were not
so frequent,
those nights when
I could jump off a 
roof or a cliff and
know, truly know
I would sail the  
untamed winds.

But as I began to
depart childhood,
my flying dreams 
grew scarce, and
their glory less--
I would have to 
flap my arms,
hard and hard
to gain any air,
and even so I
could barely
free my body
of the heavy
and dull earth.

Then one day,
some day, it
was done, and
I had to walk,
to fly no more.

Yes, once I could 
fly, and whether
it came from some 
dim, dim memory
of heaven or a 
kid's imagination,
I know not-- but
sixty years past,
and I still long
to fly free again. 


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  1. Date: 2/6/2016 4:41:00 PM

    Great write Len.... an epic piece of poetry..
  1. Date: 2/6/2016 11:53:00 AM

    Flying dreams are my most favorite in the Universe too! I recall my first one at 24,and my first born son. I still have them sporadically... I feel you Len.. ...It IS pure joy :), jill

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