Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, P-151, by JOHN CIARDI

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First Line: It fills the sky like wind made visible
Last Line: Her birth above the hill like a crowd's cheer
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots

It fills the sky like wind made visible
And given voice like drums through amplifiers.
Too great a terror to be lost on death
Remembering that all our dreams are fliers
This terror, cannoned as the hawk is billed,
Taloned with lusty boys who love their toy,
Mounts on the living energy of grace
Whose passing cracks on burning lathes of joy.
Piston by piston the made fumes of flight
Frenzy the startled air her passing sears
Fast as a head can turn from East to West
She summons distances and disappears
That moment only - glancing up and gone -
And see, her boy outburns the burning year
And we are clod and pasture fixed upon
Her birth above the hills like a crowd's cheer

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