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Did you know that in WWII pilots used to travel across the Arctic, north north north in the endless dark and the endless freeze, in order to avoid flying over enemy ground? America to Britain, heat to heat, war surging and boiling and seething to the south, angry and red as a wound, and all this dreadful cold in between. Flying with just the roar of the engines and the whistle of the wind and the hush of your own breath, over emptiness and ice - but how could you find your way? The stars are different, up there. They spin in frozen circles. And planes would get lost, because the men couldn’t read the night sky that had always been their woman, their guide. Their compasses would wander aimlessly as would their plane, wandering aimlessly through the night. Those men were alone. Truly alone. They no longer knew their earth and their heaven. The needle did not point to north any more. They sat in metal birds at the top of the world, lost as little children.
They are still finding them in the ice, planes stuck like splinters

Dad told me this story in his unromantic pragmatic way and it really got to me I guess 

I wrote this on the last day of 2013 so I guess this counts as part of my :iconglory-be-project: efforts!

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SgtPossum Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
That was a beautiful piece of writing. The truth behind it adds to its power.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! The story really really got to me when I first heard it. It's such a striking image. 
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Bibliosmith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Writer
Amazingly poetic and yet historical.  Thank you for this, and it was very much deserving of the feature it received.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No, thank you! :heart:
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nyfromdahood Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There's a reason why I continue to read your poetry... You have the ability to keep a reader coming back for more, that is what really separates a writer from a poet I believe... and you Madame, are a poet. 

As FuzzyHoser said, this poem does make you think, it is most intriguing at the very least. My only critique is that it seems a little rushed... but do not allow me to change your writing style, for it's still a greatly enjoyable piece.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh thank you so much! :heart:

This probably is a little rushed, it needs spacing, both in the flow and sound of it and the actual arrangement on the page. Maybe I'll come back to it some day? Anyway, thanks for the gorgeous compliment and the feedback!
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There's not enough poetry that makes people actually think. I love this for that reason. Wonderful writing, you. :heart:
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! I just couldn't get the thought out of my head, about being lost in the Arctic in a tiny little 1940s plane, with the stars going in fucking CIRCLES, such an interesting and tragic sidenote of history. 
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're so completely welcome! I get really stuck on ideas sometimes, too, but I envy how your thoughts spin around. You're an original fer suresies.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As someone who often feels just like a little dull leaf floating around amongst many other more interesting leaves...that's a massive compliment. Gee whiz. :love: You are a very unique piece of the universe yourself. 
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just speak the truth, dear little leafy. :love:
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:love: :love:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! :wave:
Congratulations, this piece has been featured in our Weekly Round-up

Thanks for writing it and choosing to submit it to our gallery :heart:
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aah, thank you so much! :heart:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome of course :D
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is so achingly reminiscent. That's the best way I can think to describe it.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! That is very, very much what I was going for. 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful and lonely, and sort of frightening too, you described the silence perfectly, and I love the mention of metal birds at the top of the world
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much :heart:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
.needs for you to compass heading not asfaras tars)
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A compass heading not as far as stars?
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
always brings on a smile 2 all tmhora,
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
.qhight so
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
so much to do so little time, anyway yes or a Viewfinder may be even an EDM, one can put the brightest at ones nose then take the heading. Hope your holiday period time went well as did mine,
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was sick through my holiday period time...
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
.good tohear your fine d nice c i doist like and . for me
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And for you?
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
you,
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herselfishness Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
.tar'sha smuch..,
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The stars have much...?
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