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SPANISH WINGS: SENOR, by            
First Line: We slammed down 3000 feet
Last Line: The rumble of the artillery paid no attention.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Airplanes; Air Pilots


We slammed down 3000 feet
Into a ground haze
And split the Heinkels into a broken mass
Of flashing wings and slow-twisting fuselages.

Burnt powder swirled
Sharp into the air between me and the dash;
A wing turned slow in the circle of my ring sight.
Smoke poured back in a fantastic festoon
Far down a clear sky . . . .

Then a thousand-pointed star
filled the whole heavens and the universe.
The rebels saw my ship
Burn its screaming way
Like a plummet
Into the snow gulches
Above the city of a thousand dead.

The rumble of the artillery paid no attention.





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