The Aeroplane

Dogfight over Dover 1940
Dogfight over Dover 1940

The Aeroplane

I sweep the skies with fire and steel
My highway is the cloud
I swoop, I soar, aloft I wheel
My engine laughing loud
I fight with gleaming blades the wind
That dares dispute my path
I leave the howling storm behind
I ride upon its wrath.

I laugh to see your tiny world
Your toys of ships, your cars
I rove an endless road unfurled
Where the mile stones are the stars
And far below, men wait and peer
For what my coming brings
I fill their quaking hearts with fear
For death…is in my wings.

Gordon Boshell

Gordon Boshell (1908 – 1991) was a journalist and poet. He wrote The Aeroplane after seeing dogfights over London during the 1940 Battle of Britain.

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