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SPIN, by            
First Line: The whole plane rises in an effort
Last Line: From the spinning touch upon the dusty field.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


The whole plane rises in an effort . . .
The rush of wind is bated as a breath --
One split second . . .
The wing drops viciously!
Then screams earthward with a flashing fin
Whirling skyward ... Down!
Down, downward, in a spin!
Every white demon in the sky
Lends the trembling struts their terrible cry
A burst of white, a cloud is ripped asunder.
The earth leaps upward with a fiendish whine . . .
The throttle's snapped! -- the engine cuts in thunder --
A straight drop earthward in a line . . .
Then to flatten out with neutralized controls,
With whispering wires like panic-stricken souls
Moaning in their strange deliverance,
Sweeping low across the boundary fence;
While dust puffs up beneath a wheel
From the spinning touch upon the dusty field.





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