Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WINGS, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET

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First Line: The bay was bronzed with sunset and so light
Last Line: We soared, upbuoyed on waters sunset-red!
Subject(s): Air; Aviation & Aviators; Birds; Eagles; Sky; Wings; Airplanes; Air Pilots

The bay was bronzed with sunset, and so light
The ripples idled on the gentle tide
That we who swam in silence side by side
Paused; shifted poise; and, floating, lost our sight
In a vast well of blue, benign and bright,
Just ere it faded and the clouds were dyed
Saffron and crimson. With one gasp we cried,
"Thus eagles float, through heavens of pure delight!"

Then, with the splendor of a falling star,
Great wings swept down; a muffled engine whirred;
And, iridescent as a humming-bird,
A biplane swooped upon us, veered, and fled
Chanting Man's realized dream. ... Yet higher far
We soared, upbuoyed on waters sunset-red!

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