Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FIRST NIGHT-FLIGHT, by MARGARET BODEN

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FIRST NIGHT-FLIGHT, by                
First Line: Space inconceivable
Last Line: Gaily, to die.
Subject(s): Air Travel

Space inconceivable,
Darkest of night;
Pace unbelievable,
Time in close flight,
Static, arrested
In this tiny sphere,
Rush uncontested
Toward a light-year.

Hurtling forward,
Obstacles none;
Ceaselessly onward,
Boundaries gone.
Utterly helpless
Moments of fear,
Arrowing swiftness,
Elation too near.

Above and below,
Pin points of light --
Should choice come now,
Which seems more bright?
Mount upward dizzily,
Forever fly;
Shoot downward crazily,
Gaily, to die.

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