"Bald Eagle in Flight"‘Wings’ and Other Poetry by C. David Hay The Society April 10, 2019 Beauty, Poetry 10 Comments Wings Oh, to catch the winds of flight And soar where eagles go, To leave the woes of troubled souls Behind me far below. I’d listen to the song of birds And sail in endless flight, Then chase the sun through cloudy paths And play with stars at night. The boundless heavens for my home, The breeze to lift me high, To rise above my mortal bonds And never have to die; Knowing I had found the way To trails where angels trod, And when my wings could fly no more – I’d take the hand of God. Country Lane Give me a road away from the crowd, Away from the noise and the race And let me wander the quiet trail To a different time and place. Where miles are measured in valleys, And birches point the way To somewhere we miss so dearly – We call it yesterday. All cares are soon forgotten On the path of no intent; The beauty of the countryside Is surely heaven sent. And when the journey’s over The memories shall remain Of daydream trips into the past Found down a country lane. C. David Hay is a retired dentist living in Indiana and Florida. He received his BS and Doctor of Dental surgery Degrees from Indiana University. He is the author of five books of poetry which are dedicated to his wife, Joy. He has been widely published nationally and abroad and his poetry has been read on the British Broadcasting Channel. He was the first American published in the Nezavisimaya Gazeta in Russia. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and is the recipient of the Ordo Honoris Award from Kappa Delta Rho. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. 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At first when I started to read “Wings” I felt like it was something I had read before, as if a cliche or something, but you managed to take a seemingly common trope and do something original and beautiful with it. That’s what poets do. There is a soulful and tender touch to both these poems. I’d be interested to read more of your stuff. Feel free to submit something at firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with a few others, I contribute and edit The Chained Muse.com. We recently published “Awakening” by Daniel Leach, a poem I think will be very much to your taste: https://www.thechainedmuse.com/single-post/2019/04/06/AWAKENING Best, David Gosselin Reply Alan Sugar April 10, 2019 Childlike and Joy-ful. These poems point the way! Reply Bruce Wren April 10, 2019 I don’t believe I’ve seen Mr Hay on this site, but these are very fine pieces of poetry: there is a simple nobility in the themes, and an easy, lilting technique in his prosody rarely encountered. Well done, Mr Hay! Reply E. V. April 10, 2019 Both of these poems are a pleasure to read! Reply David Paul Behrens April 10, 2019 Beautiful poetry! Reply SHINY Titus April 10, 2019 What an amazing poem Mr. Hay. Reply dave whippman April 10, 2019 “Country lane” is a great treatment of that perennial theme – wanting to escape back into the past. It’s Murphy’s Law – when we were there, we took it for granted. Reply Mark Stone April 10, 2019 Mr. Hay, Hello! I like both poems very much. I don’t think any changes are “necessary.” However, if I were to edit the poems, I would make one change to the first and three changes to the second. I would change “song of birds” to “songs of birds,” since different birds have different songs. Because “away” is used twice in the first two lines of the second poem, I would change the first line to read: “Give me a road far from the crowd,” Also, I would make sure that lines 5 and 7 of this poem have the exact same meter, simply because I think it would sound better. Finally, I would move “on” from the start of line 10 to the end of line 9, because it would give you a tidy quatrain consisting of 4-3-4-3 iambs. Just my 2¢. Bruce, I suspected that Mr. Hay previously had poems on SCP, because his bio below today’s poems sounded familiar when I read it. I did a search on the phrase “Society of Classical Poets and C. David Hay” and was able to see the poems that he had published on SCP in 2016 and 2018. Reply Martin Rizley April 11, 2019 Lovely poems, Mr. Hay, that convey in poignant and rapturous language a similar theme– the human longing for transcendence– whether that be by “taking wing” into sublime realms, or by following sylvan trails into places distant and long ago. The poem “Country Lane” captures perfectly the feeling that has often come to me when, driving through beautiful countryside, I spot a winding trail that disappears into a wood, or over a hill. Reply Nalini Lasiewicz April 7, 2020 I have admired the poem WINGS since I first read it about 15 years ago. To me, it expresses a longing for freedom, rising above hardships. The cadence and structure of the lines lent themselves to a melody. With permission from the author I have made a recording and gladly share it with you all. https://nalinimusic.com/?audiotheme_track=wings Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.