Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LINDBERGH TO HIS SHIP, by ELEANOR G. R. YOUNG

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LINDBERGH TO HIS SHIP, by            
First Line: And why not 'we?'
Last Line: So steadfast and so fair!
Subject(s): Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974); Ships & Shipping

And why not "We?"
Yours was the only voice
That broke the lonely silence
Of that night;
Yours the great arms
That bore me safely up
Above the sea
On that historic flight.
Above the sound of all material things
I heard the silvery beating
Of your wings!

Forged close together
By one common dream
We rode the mighty high-ways
Of the air
Catching, at last a faint,
Far-distant gleam
Of land—the coast of Ireland
Waiting there!
We could not stop, although the sight was fair,
The sweet, still sight of land
After our tireless flight.
Paris lay just beyond,
Our goal, at last in sight.
We knew, oh little ship,
That we had blazed the way
Straight from our hanger
To a well-loved land:
Others would fly across the sea
With ever-growing ease
But we, oh ship of mine,
We were the first of these!

The pressing eager throngs must understand
How you sang courage to my eager heart
How, from the very start,
You sailed forth like a spirit of the sky
Silvery and sure,
Winging so swiftly by;
We did not hear the rushing of the sea,
Strengthened, sustained
By joyous ecstacy
We claimed man's true dominion everywhere,
Oh, silvery ship of mine,
So steadfast and so fair!

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