The dew-sodden morning I greet with a sigh
An earth-shackled day that I face bitterly
But there, high above, in that gold-flecked blue sky
Can be found the sweet promise of my liberty
How far do you travel, O great white machine?
What bold new adventures can your passengers expect?
To places once distant you bring them in hours
And hitherto alien cultures connect
Do the people within feel as hopeful as I would?
Do they shine with bright hope as far up you soar?
Do they feel their hearts lift as you carry them skyward?
Should a flying machine still hold us in awe?
Brought into being by the wisdom of Man
A hallmark of manifest destiny
A metal-clad marvel in length and in span
You’ve broadened the scope of our short history
Journeys are booked and tickets are bought
Crowds of folk line up in anticipation
Fortunes are made and friendships are wrought
And eyes opened up to new culture and nation
You paint the clear sky with your vaporous trail
With airborne ambition, you ride the jet stream
Though wandering thoughts and vain hopes won’t avail
To see you is reason enough now to dream
Take me with you, dear plane! Take me with you, I pray!
Fly me north to the tundra or south to the sands
Bring me west to the New World or east to Cathay
Let me walk amid palm trees in faraway lands
I pledge now to leave all my crushed hopes behind
To keep all my fears and my doubts well-abated
With joy and with confidence foremost in mind
I’ll relish that journey for which I’ve long waited
Once there, I’ll find love – or else, love will find me
And the romance of others will be mine, at last
I’ll live once again and I’ll feel truly free
Of the leaden-weight troubles that blackened my past
So take me aboard, you great flying machine!
Let me laugh at the gods and challenge the Fates
Thence to feast my poor eyes upon things not yet seen
In a fair, distant land where my one true love waits
I am but a poor man, but I promise to pay
All the money I have would be money well-spent
If you promise to carry me far and away
To a golden-hued future and a happy descent.