Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 53
Ode to an Aviator

Dedicated to my flying mate, the late Leon Denize.


Through halls of cloud his spirit soared

Through countless skies of gold

In windless corridors of air

Through vistas vast and bold.


Across the checkered fields of green

Above those mountains high

My friend would wing his aeroplane

Into an endless sky.


The windswept beauty reaching out

The world so far below

This freedom to spread out his wings

Would make my friend’s heart glow.


His spirit soaring like a bird

Into a sky of rain

The sunlight setting in the West

In shades of sweet refrain.


Alone, aloft in peacefulness

Is where he means to be,

To fly as one with eagles

High above a distant sea.


To reach up through the heaven’s gate

To be at one with God

To spiral round like feather down

And touch down on the sod.


With a heavy heart and weary hands

He shut his motor down

Forever more to be with us

Imprisoned on the ground.


A sunbeam I see yonder there

At play amongst the shrouds

And I fancy seeing Leon’s ghost

Flying up into those clouds.



Mangere Bridge

11th June 2008


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