true blue salute


former navy pilot unpacks

fond memories of his days

ordered in pristine uniform,

life aboard aircraft carrier.


forever alert, he still scans

ocean-blue expanse of sky

beyond white-sand islands

of floating cumulous puffs.


reminisces one shining hour:

officer’s personal invitation

to test-flight new jet fighter,

before honorable discharge.


accelerate to pure freedom;

loop-de-loop clouds, swoop

between sapphire skies and

cerulean sea, defy gravitas.


reverie reverts, retiree points

up – “those clouds look innocent

yet pose real threat to pilots;

may harbor hail, wind shears.”


in worn-out lawn chair, he bird

watches as sleek indigo swallows

swiftly cruise from barn hangar

to sail into loyal-blue heavens.



photo: wiki commons


A memory my 82 yr. old father shared with me while staying at our house this summer and linking with dVerse poets OLN in response to De’s “blue” prompt.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joyce Wyma
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 23:05:14

    I loved the visual “unpacking the memories” (can’t you just see the old white seabag?) and “forever alert” — they just never lose that! What precious memories tucked into this poem. Well captured with the lens of your pen!


  2. Sue Anderson
    Aug 13, 2016 @ 12:49:09

    It makes sense that a pilot would view the sky differently than others…the “loyal-blue” sky. Really enjoyed the paradigm of this poem.


  3. Bryan Ens
    Aug 13, 2016 @ 10:54:24

    The bit about clouds looking innocent but posing a that reminds me of my (late) uncle who told me of flying through storm clouds during his time as a WWII soldier.


  4. Sherry Marr
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 09:08:19

    A moving portrait of an aged pilot who still scans the sky, his medium………love him watching the barn swallows and dreaming of that loyal-blue heaven.


  5. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 03:08:45

    Oh this is such a wonderful tribute ❤️


  6. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 01:02:47

    Surely important memories for your father, now passed on to you. I enjoyed the poem and these lines especially:
    loop-de-loop clouds, swoop
    between sapphire skies and
    cerulean sea, defy gravitas.
    -Thanks for sharing!


  7. maria
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 23:08:02

    “loop-de-loop clouds, swoop
    between sapphire skies and
    cerulean sea, defy gravitas.”

    ~great imagery! I felt like flying. 😀 Your father must be proud. ❤


  8. kanzensakura
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 20:29:36

    How nice to have had your father visit and to hear his stories. Of such moments eternal memories are born. And an excellent poem for “blue”. He truly is a hero.


  9. lifelessons
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 19:03:38

    He reminds me of my 94 year old friend. Great memories of flight.


  10. Arcadia (@MissArcadia)
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 18:53:37

    Lovely tribute.


  11. scotthastiepoet
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 18:08:34

    Love your tribute here, Lynn – into the loyal blue heavens – Great!


  12. Bodhirose
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 17:41:53

    “Loyal blue heavens”…that’s beautiful, Lynn. You’re fortunate to be able to still hear some old stories from your father…this was a wonderful tribute to him for his service.


  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 16:10:32

    I do love how the way how the sky can be so different for a pilot… for me it’s looking for coming rain… those clouds warning…


  14. Victoria Young
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 16:04:19

    Such a beautiful memory immortalizing your loving father!


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