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Subject: AIRPLANES
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A BASEBALL TEAM OF UNKNOWN NAVY PILOTS, PACIFIC THEATER, 1944, by WYATT PRUNTY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Assigned a week's good bunt, run, throw
Subject(s): Baseball; World War Ii; Aviation & Aviators; Second World War; Airplanes; Air Pilots


A DEAD AIRMAN, by MORAY DALTON    Poem Text                
First Line: May's tapestry of green and gold
Last Line: Can so view death.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Death; War; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The


A MOTOR, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The heavy, wet, guttural
Last Line: Now and later.
Subject(s): Air; Aviation & Aviators; Blake, William (1757-1827); Cancer (disease); Airplanes; Air Pilots


A TIME TO DANCE, by CECIL DAY LEWIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For those had the power
Last Line: Our lives they are evergreen.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blake, Nicolas
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Death; Hope; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Optimism


AERO-LAUGHTER, by ROBERT MCALMON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You've never laughed
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


AERO-METRE, by ROBERT MCALMON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In pale spaciousness
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


AN IRISH AIRMAN FORESEES HIS DEATH, by WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: I know that I shall meet my fate
Last Line: In balance with this life, this death.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Death; Freedom; Soldiers; War; World War I; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Liberty; First World War


BEING FROM ST. LOUIS, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Under the nickel-gray bridges
Last Line: Its name on our knees.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Cities; Railroads; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Urban Life; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


BELLS IN THE ENDTIME OF GYURMEY TSULTRIM, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The bowl made from a tobacco-yellow skull
Last Line: Something has begun...
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Chaplin, Charlie (1889-1977); Future Life; Lightning; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Lightning Rods


CAPTAIN GUYNEMER, by FLORENCE EARLE COATES    Poem Text                
First Line: What high adventure, in what world afar
Last Line: And in man's grateful heart shall live immortally!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Holidays; Veterans Day; World War I; Airplanes; Air Pilots; First World War


CONSUMMATION, by ROBERT MCALMON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In pursuit my plane
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


DESCENT INTO THE HOURS OF THE PEREGRINE, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A wet umbrella is open in the tub. It's midnight
Last Line: Streaming from the corners of its mouth.
Subject(s): Animals; Aviation & Aviators; Cats; Children; Night; Paper; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Childhood; Bedtime


FALLEN AVIATOR, by BETTY ANN FEINEMAN    Poem Text                
First Line: In life, you sought to clip his wings and bind
Last Line: I hear his eager wings released in flight.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


FIRST FLIGHT, by CAROL COATES    Poem Text                
First Line: The day, brittle with ice
Last Line: The cryptic notations of even flight.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cassidy, Alice Caroline Coates
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying


FOR A YOUNG AVIATOR, by MARY FERRELL DICKINSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Lord, guide him safely through the sky!
Last Line: Lord, guide him surely through the sky!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


FULL FLIGHT, by HICOK. BOB    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Im in a plane that will not be flown into a building
Last Line: Weve begun our descent, and then I sense the falling
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); Airplanes; Air Pilots; New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


GREAT JEHOVAH THOU ART; AN AVIATION HYMN, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Great jehovah thou art, god of heaven above
Last Line: In that land of the endless day.
Subject(s): Air; Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Sky; Wings; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying


HIGH FLIGHT, by JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE JR.    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
Last Line: Put out my hand and touched the face of god.
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Religion; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Theology; Second World War


ICARUS, by VALENTIN IREMONGER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As, even to-day, the airman, feeling the plane sweat
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Icarus; Mythology - Classical; Airplanes; Air Pilots


IN AN AEROPLANE, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE    Poem Text                
First Line: Merged in a moving picture earth goes by
Last Line: Close to the confines of eternity.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Sky; Tourists; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Journeys; Trips


KITTY HAWK, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Kitty hawk, o kitty
Last Line: Not to mention clutch
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; Wright, Orville (1871-1948); Wright, Wilbur (1867-1912); Airplanes; Air Pilots


LATE FLIGHT, by MARK DOTY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The pilot of the little plane must stop his engines
Last Line: The self is made of night
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying


LETTER TO AN AVIATOR IN FRANCE, by GRACE HAZARD CONKLING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A slope of summer sprinkled over
Last Line: And sunset roses are in bloom.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; World War I; Airplanes; Air Pilots; First World War


LINDY-GRAMS: 1. LINDY'S FLIGHT, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Straight as a bird upon its course
Last Line: Shall seldom see again.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Islands; Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974); Sky; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying; Journeys; Trips


LINDY-GRAMS: 2. LINDY FLEW, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: When lindy flew across the sea
Last Line: "and brought back home our colonel ""slim."
Subject(s): Air; Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974); Travel; Wings; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying; Journeys; Trips


LINDY-GRAMS: 3. OUR LINDY, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Who is great among the great?
Last Line: Our lindy!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Heroism; Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974); Sky; Wings; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Heroes; Heroines


LIVING AT THE AIRPORT, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Because they lived near a major airport
Last Line: Wings?
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Travel; Wheels; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Journeys; Trips


LONELY EAGLES, by MARILYN NELSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Being black in america
Alternate Author Name(s): Waniek, Marilyn Nelson
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Aviation & Aviators; Air Warfare; World War Ii; African Americans - Military; Family Life; James, General Daniel 'chappie' (1920-78); Airplanes; Air Pilots; Second World War; Relatives


MESSAGE, by ANNE MILLAY BREMER    Poem Text                
First Line: City toilers in tumult and noise
Last Line: See, you have missed all the daisies!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Cities; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Urban Life; Journeys; Trips


NAVY FIELD, by WILLIAM MEREDITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Limped out of the hot sky a hurt plane,
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Morris
Subject(s): Navy - United States; Aviation & Aviators; Air Warfare; American Navy; Airplanes; Air Pilots


ON EAGLES' WINGS (A VERSE FOR A PILOT), by WILLIAM ARTHUR DUNKERLEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Supremely in his hand are you
Last Line: And know you're not alone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Oxenham, John
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Religion; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Theology


P-151, by JOHN CIARDI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It fills the sky like wind made visible
Last Line: Her birth above the hill like a crowd's cheer
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


PERSPICUITY, by ROBERT MCALMON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pirouettes / my plane
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


RANDOLPH FIELD, 1938, by ROBERT SAMUEL GWYNN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Framed by the open window, a lone stearman
Last Line: Before he sideslips into dreams of fire.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gwynn, R. S.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Military; Sickness; World War Ii; Youth; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Illness; Second World War


READING MY POEMS FROM WORLD WAR II, by WILLIAM MEREDITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The ships in these verses course through a blue meadow
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Morris
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; World War Ii; Navy - United States; Aviation & Aviators; Sailors & Sailing; Second World War; American Navy; Airplanes; Air Pilots


RESPECTED, FEARED, AND SOMEHOW LOVED, by MARJORIE WELISH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the long run we must fix our compass
Last Line: Shipwrecked icily, the windows called away?
Subject(s): Accidents; Aviation & Aviators; Death; Disasters; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The


RIDDLES, R.F.C., by JOHN DRINKWATER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He was a boy of april beauty; one
Last Line: Attempt to save a comrade. He was twenty years of age.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Ridley, Lt. Stewart G. (1896-1916); Sacrifices; World War I - Casualties; Airplanes; Air Pilots


SEARCHLIGHTS, by PAUL BEWSHER    Poem Text                
First Line: You who have seen across the star-decked skies
Last Line: Which slowly moves across the shell-torn night?
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; World War I; Airplanes; Air Pilots; First World War


SOMEBODY'LL HAV' TO SHOOT YA DOWN', by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Charlie parker running a tow-line / from a red barge
Last Line: That is beyond the grave like a great granite keep.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Family Life; Life Change Events; Loss; Parker, Charlie ('bird') (1920-1955); Peace; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Relatives


SONG TO AVIATORS, by HANNAH CUSHMAN HOWES    Poem Text                
First Line: You are the spirits who show the way
Last Line: To croon a song to the fair and brave!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying


SPANISH WINGS: A LEAF FROM A LOG BOOK, by H. BABCOCK    Poem Text                
First Line: Dropping down through tired skies
Last Line: Our bodies gorged with the blood of legions.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Airplanes; Air Pilots


SPANISH WINGS: SENOR, by H. BABCOCK    Poem Text                
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


SPANISH WINGS: SENORITA, by H. BABCOCK    Poem Text                
First Line: Spain has no need of you
Last Line: -- I have such a short space to live.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Airplanes; Air Pilots


SPIN, by H. BABCOCK    Poem Text                
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


TEN MILLS: THE WRIGHTS' BIPLANE, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This biplane is the shape of human flight
Last Line: For it was writ in heaven doubly wright
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Wright, Orville (1871-1948); Wright, Wilbur (1867-1912); Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE ACE TO HIS QUEEN, by THOMAS AUGUSTINE DALY    Poem Text                
First Line: My biplane, taking
Last Line: And pay thy lover!
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE CAGED EAGLE'S DEATH DREAM, by ROBINSON JEFFERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At the one shot
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE DEATH OF THE BALL TURRET GUNNER, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: From my mother's sleep I fell into the state
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Death; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Second World War


THE FRIGATE PELICAN, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rapidly cruising or lying on the air there is a bird
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Birds; Pelicans; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE HAWAIIAN FLIGHT SQUADRON, by CHARLOTTE LOUISE BERTLESEN    Poem Text                
First Line: Aslant the dim pacific's drifting breeze
Last Line: By nonchalant knight-errants blithely manned.
Subject(s): Airships; Aviation & Aviators; Flight; Hawaii; Military; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Flying


THE LANDSCAPE NEAR AN AERODROME, by STEPHEN SPENDER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: More beautiful and soft than any moth
Alternate Author Name(s): Spender, Stephen (harold), Sir
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE LEARNERS, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the planes come in all night, and the lights reach, wavering
Last Line: This is your world now, ghosts, have you learned anything?
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE LEGLESS FIGHTER PILOT, by SHARON OLDS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He takes his calf in his hand, lifts the
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Amputees; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Second World War


THE MAN IN THE DEAD MACHINE, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: High on a slope in new guinea
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Death; War; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Second World War


THE OLD PILOT, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: He discovers himself on an old airfield.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE TREE OF LAUGHING BELLS, OR THE WINGS O FTHE MORNING, by NICHOLAS VACHEL LINDSAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From many morning-glories
Last Line: Are the wings of the morning made!
Alternate Author Name(s): Lindsay, Vachel
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


TRANS-CANADA, by ROBERT HEDIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At this speed, my friend, our origins are groundless
Last Line: Our souls speak and carry our bodies like capes.
Variant Title(s): Transcanadian
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


VOLPLANETOR, by ROBERT MCALMON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Insoluable in high air's quiescency
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


WAIKIKI, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the famous beach in honolulu a small japanese girl cried and cried
Last Line: Made and funneled up the billion particles into a mound.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Honolulu; Seashore; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


WATCHING THE BOMBER PASS OVER, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How can we speak of eyes and seasons
Last Line: Not one of us escapes some little happiness!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Bombs; War; Airplanes; Air Pilots


WINGS, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
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