“A Little Boy’s Dream”

Posted June 13, 2015

 

"Wings of the City" by Mexican artist Jorge Marin in Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX. As my husband, Tom (a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot), stepped up and spread his arms out against the sculpture, I thought of a poem I wrote for him many years ago when he was still flying fighters. “A Little Boy’s Dream” captures my husband’s childhood dream to fly.
As my husband, Tom (a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot), stepped up and spread his arms out against the sculpture, “Wings of the City” by Mexican artist Jorge Marin in Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX, I thought of a poem I wrote for Tom many years ago when he was still flying fighters. “A Little Boy’s Dream” captures my husband’s childhood dream to fly.

 

 

 

“A Little Boy’s Dream”

© Kathleen M. Rodgers From the book, Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill 2002)
© Kathleen M. Rodgers
From the book, Because I Fly, compiled by Editor Helmut H. Reda (McGraw-Hill 2002)

 

 

 

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kathleenmrodgers

Author of the novels The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory. Former contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Future work represented by agent Diane Nine, Nine Speakers Inc.

6 thoughts on ““A Little Boy’s Dream””

  1. I love this! I know it’s for kids, but you very skillfully balance the nostalgic quality with some real fighter-pilot details. I love the phrase “checks his six” – I had to look it up! (Besides, who deserves good poetry more than kids do?!)

    And I love the picture, too!

    1. Andria,
      I love that you took the time from your busy life of writing and raising kids to read my poem. I was all of 28 or so when I wrote this for Tom because I didn’t know what to give him for Christmas. LOL! I had it engraved on a plaque and he bawled like a baby when he unwrapped it. So it was so thrilling years later when McGraw-Hill published it in the book, Because I Fly. If you have a moment, here’s another flying related poem I wrote that was included in the same collection. The end of it came to me as I was driving from Eielson AFB to Fort Wainwright (AK) for an OB appt. spring of 1987. Even though the subject is sad, it remains one of my favorites. I posted it to my blog last year. It’s called “The Lady Let Him Fly.” http://siteblog.kathleenmrodgers.com/?p=2263

      Take care and thanks again!!

    1. Elaine,
      Thank you, sweet friend, for reading the poem and taking a moment to comment. I was about 28 when I wrote it. I wanted to give Tom a gift from my heart, and this simple poem broke through and arrived fairly easy. Heady stuff that McGraw-Hill picked it up. Congrats again on our IPPY for Leaning Into Love. 🙂

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