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Q: Airplane poem quote ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Airplane poem quote
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: roesker-ga
List Price: $17.00
Posted: 29 Nov 2006 17:34 PST
Expires: 29 Dec 2006 17:34 PST
Question ID: 786796
I read in a Flying magazine in the past year, I think, an article that
quoted an aviation poem that said something like, "I must return to
the air, for that is where my heart remains (after flight)"... I know
my paraphrase is wrong, but I'd like to find that original poem if
anyone can help.

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 29 Nov 2006 17:48 PST
Please let me know if this is the poem you seek:

"Sky Fever

I must go up to the skies again, to the white clouds and the grey,
And all I ask is a high launch, and the chance to ?get away?;
And the wing?s surge, and the wind?s song, and the quiet clouds? drifting,
And a heat-haze on the land?s face, and the warm air?s lifting

I must go up to the skies again, for the call to soar and glide,
Is a free call, and a clear call, that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a sunlit day, and the bright height?s gaining,
?Neath the ?new-cu? that towers above, and its lift maintaining

I must go up to the skies again, to the peace of silent flight,
To the gull?s way, and the hawk?s way, and the free wings? delight;
And all I ask is a friendly joke with a laughing fellow rover,
And a large beer, and a deep sleep, when the long flight?s over

? Robbie, RAE Gliding Club, ?Sailplane & Gliding? magazine"

Clarification of Question by roesker-ga on 30 Nov 2006 11:18 PST
That might be it. I'll take it. I thought the poem said something
about that's where the person's heart remains, but I could be wrong.
I'll pay you for it.

Clarification of Question by roesker-ga on 30 Nov 2006 16:38 PST
PinkFreud, please answer the question so I can pay you. I think this is the one.
Subject: Re: Airplane poem quote
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 30 Nov 2006 16:51 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I am delighted to have been able to help you find your poem! I have
reposted the link below. There are many other aviation-related poems
on the site, too.

Great Aviation Quotes: Poems

Here's how I found the poem: 

Your description of the poem that you were seeking reminded me of John
Masefield's famous poem, "Sea-Fever," which you can read here:

Bartleby: Sea-Fever. John Masefield

It occurred to me that if I were using "Sea-Fever" as an inspiration
for a poem about flying, I might use the title "Sky Fever." So, on a
hunch, I used Google to search for poems by that name, and the "Great
Aviation Quotes" site came up first:

Google Web Search: poem "sky fever"

Best regards,
roesker-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $8.00
Where can you be found post GA?

Subject: Re: Airplane poem quote
From: pinkfreud-ga on 30 Nov 2006 17:50 PST
Thank you very much for the five stars and the generous tip! Regarding
my post-GA whereabouts, I am a member of a Google Group that is open
to anyone who cares about Google Answers:


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