A wonderful short story weaved around a classic poem 😊💛

Optimistic Author

As part of a writing challenge I participated in last week, we were required to do a “cover” of a story, poem, television show, etc. I decided to do a cover of the poem “High Flight” written by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., a pilot during WWII.  The words of the poem have been italicized.

The world was silent around me. The perfect grace of quiet without remorse. My body was still and my eyes were closed. Someone moved, a soft shuffle of paper on a podium. A woman’s voice cut into the stillness with a gentle precision. She was reading my favorite poem.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

As she spoke, her voice rang out like clear church bells on a Sunday morning, crisp and powerful with her enunciation. I could hear music in her tone, but it filled me with sadness. And yet, I strained…

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