Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Secret Obsession

A  L  O  H  A ! 
                                 [WARNING: Material of Aviation Nature]

" The natural function of the wing
 is to soar upwards 
and carry that which is heavy 
up to the place where 
dwells the race of gods. 
More than any other thing 
that pertains to the body 
it partakes of the
 nature of the divine."

" There is no sport equal 
to that which aviators enjoy 
while being carried through the air 
on great white wings. "
Wilbur Wright, 1905

"No one can realize 
how substantial the air is, 
until he feels its
supporting power 
beneath him. 
It inspires 
confidence at once. "
                           Otto Lilienthal

" We returned home, 
after these experiments, 
with the conviction that
sailing flight was not 
the exclusive prerogative 
of birds. "
                   Otto Lilienthal, 1874

" Can the magic 
of flight 
ever be carried 
by words? 
I think not.
                       Michael Parfit, 
                              Smithsonian magazine, 
                           May 2000


Walking in Waikiki
I spotted a 
Japanese woman,
a visitor
(we can tell)
 blonde Mohawk
sprouting from 
her shaved head.

She wore.
denim shorts,
and a studded 
leather collar.
In contrast
to the beach-clad

If she had been "young"
I would have smiled
and reminisced,
but she looked 
at least forty,
So I wanted
to talk to her.

Suddenly, a fighter jet
thundered low overhead.

She turned to watch it
(I was behind)
and said "Cool!"

"Yeah it is" 
I agreed.

We shared a smile,
so we had our 
moment after all;

Two overgrown
in love
with cool stuff
that goes
F A S T !

We now return you
to our normal

Thank You!
                        'Cool' Cloudia


the walking man said...

They are a marvel to be sure, until they actually go to work.

eileeninmd said...

They are cool, Cloudia! And loud too. Enjoy your day!

PhilipH said...

Oh for the wings of a dove, or a majestic eagle, or even a hang glider! I absolutely LOVE everything to do with flying, in a small plane or glider. How I would love to have a pilot's licence but, sadly, rather too late for this old man-bird. Love you Cloudia for posting.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cools shots, Cloudia!

Birdman said...

Now, you've got me thinking Peter Pan. "I'm flying..."

Brian Miller said...

ha. i would want to talk to her as well...hey i am over 40 and have a mohawk too...smiles...and things that go fast....yes, some of those amaze me too...smiles.

aloha from va

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I know the feeling! I hope my b.f. will take me to an air show, preferably one with a precision flight team.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

To have at least one 'cool' connection a day is a good thing :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Can the magic of flight be carried by words. I think the closest I've seen is Opus in Bloom County when he dreams of flying.

21 Wits said...

Cool indeed, you soared together as if on the wings of a dove. Priceless moment.

Teresa said...

Definitely cool. Hope it wasn't after the Indian Mynah from you last post that perched on the Government Property fence ;)

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shots of planes up in the sky.

Cloudia said...

Ha! Thanks friends 🌺

Lynn said...

The secret is out now! I like to fly, too. And look up at passing planes and think where they might be going or might have been.

RedPat said...

I used to dream that I could fly - it was a wonderful thing!

William Kendall said...

I would see someone like that, and the writer in me would say, "there's a character."

We only see military aircraft here on the odd occasion when there's a flyover for certain occasions, like the 11th of November.

Adam said...

good quotes

Kay said...

A blond mohawk? Now that would be interesting.