Monday, February 13, 2012

My Honolulu Airspace

A   L   O   H   A  !

Honolulu City Lights by Keola & Kapono Beamer on Grooveshark

After living below decks
on our boat for 20 years,
I now have intimate communion
with cloudy friends & relatives
from my high parapet.

Planes arriving and leaving
via Honolulu International Airport
fly offshore, along the coast of Waikiki.
I have a nice view of landings 
and takeoffs
under my oversight

Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor
is in the same vicinity.
Here an F-22 Raptor 
sports like a
spirited pony.

Boeing C-17 Heavy Airlift ships 
globe-hop from here:
Humanitarian missions
throughout the Pacific
in times of disaster:
Samoan tsunami-
Japanese earthquake/tsunami.

And, yes,
they carry people & arms
to war.

( Returning warriors
are usually aboard chartered
commercial craft. )

Here Airforce One
says goodbye to Oahu
after a visit 
by the First Family.

See the plane to the right?

High Flight

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 untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

Where are they all going?

Of course, there are those of us
who have found our home,
our Shangri  La,
here in Honolulu Town.
visitors like to come
and visit us-

Thank You  
for being among them-
                     Warmly, cloudia