Old dogs, war dogs, puppies or strays,
Poetry has power to brighten our days.
Dog stories and poems are best read aloud,
To an audience of one or a theater crowd.
The shortest but most important reminder of the human and animal heroes that gave their lives to win the freedom you enjoy today.
He was a British pilot killed during the war. This was found in the pocket of one of his uniforms after death. There may be a line or word missing.
We thank Multi-Group AKC Judge Katie Gammill for sending this. Katie, who is herself a talented poet, is recuperating from surgery after a bad fall in August, drop her a note.
John Gillespie Mages, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things.
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
high in the sunlit silence, hov’ring there…
I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung
my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untresspassed sanctity of space.
Put out my hand and touch the face - of God.
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