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G. A. Webb
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0 posted 02-02-2000 12:06 AM       View Profile for G. A. Webb   Email G. A. Webb   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for G. A. Webb

When I was young I would look to the sky
Gazing at birds and wanting to fly
But then there was something that caught my eye
I sat there transfixed as parachutes flew by

"I'm going to do that" I said with a gasp
"I know when I'm older it'll be in my grasp
But for right now this dream I will clasp
Tight to my heart for I know it will last"

As years went by I never forgot
The wonderful beauty that skydivers brought
To me as a child although I know not
Why is it I chase this vision I've sought

And then came a day not long it would seem
That I was to jump with three in my team
I will be strong and try not to scream
As I fall through the air and realize my dream

I went to the drop zone to begin my training
The first day was long but I'm not complaining
They taught me the skills that I'd need for sustaining
My life as I fly while the altitiude's draining

I look out the door at the ground far below
Will I land safely I really don't know
I muster my courage no fear I must show
While I get into position for now I must go

I crouch at the door and think I'm insane
With a look to my right I scream out "CHECK MAIN!"
I feel adrenaline surge through every last vein
Then as the count reaches three I exit the plane

I drop from the craft at a blistering pace
Chaotic are thoughts that are seen on my face
With the world far below it's earth I now chase
Then I regian my composure with a vestage of grace

I feel like I'm floating held up by the air
The view is incredible I wish I could stare
But the earth it draws closer of this I'm aware
So I perform all my motions with no time to spare

And then it came time that I had to pull
At five thousand feet I remember the rule
My parachute popped out and then opened full
But a line twist I got so I maintained my cool

I bicycle kicked and got out of that
Sighing with relief in my harness I sat
Dangling precariously the world looks so flat
As seen for the perspective of where I was at

Now under the canopy I find I'm astounded
By all of the beauty of which I'm surrounded
I think of the free fall and how my heart pounded
While slowly desending to become once more grounded

I watch the land as it comes up to meet me
"I hope I can do this" I say so discreetly
I think of the class and what they had taught me
Then flaring at last the earth had now caught me

My fear was for naught and my landing quite sweet
Because I had managed to land on my feet
I look to the sky "It was you that I beat"
I think to myself with smiles that I greet

I finally fulfilled this vision I sought
To loose this desire I know I will not
You could call me insane but I think I'm a striver
For now I can say that I'm a skydiver

G.A. Webb




 Regret not that which you have done,
Rather that which you haven't





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tori
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1 posted 02-02-2000 12:16 AM       View Profile for tori   Email tori   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tori's Home Page   View IP for tori

How wonderful to live out a childhood dream.. you made this so visual.. I was hopping you got that twist untangled..lol

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2 posted 02-02-2000 12:20 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I wish I had the courage to try that! Sounds exhilarating! Great poem!

Denise
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That sounds like an exciting experience.   The poem describes everthing wonderfully.
G. A. Webb
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4 posted 02-02-2000 09:24 PM       View Profile for G. A. Webb   Email G. A. Webb   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for G. A. Webb

tori...It was great fulfilling that dream. I thought that I'd never do it. But I said that on or before my 25th birthday that I was going to do that. So when I turned 25, that's exactly what I asked for. I liked it so much that I did it 7 more times after that and got to do a lot of really cool things in the air. My last jump was on my 26th birthday. Then life threw me some unaviodable cruves that have kept me from my dream ever sense. Now as I near my 33rd birthday I feel the calling again. With luck (and funds) I'll be able to once again fly. Hopefully this summer. Wish me luck!!!


Denise...If you've ever thought about doing it, don't let fear stop you. I must say that it is the most increadable high (13,000 feet to be exact) that I have ever had and I highly suggest to anybody who ever wanted to do it to go for it. I assure you that you won't regret it nor will you ever forget it.

temptress...Yes it was all that and more. I love every jump I made...even the bad ones.

Thank you all. I'm glad you liked my little expierance.

G

 Regret not that which you have done,
Rather that which you haven't

Nan
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5 posted 02-02-2000 09:26 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

GA, this is really really good - Let's do another jump, OK?

hoot_owl_rn
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I had to smile when I read this, my brother took skydiving lessons, prepared weeks for his first jump....when he got to the doorway of the plane, he chickened out, the jump master pushed him out the door...he proceeded to open his shoot when he was supposed to, land perfectly in the little round target they were supposed to....oh, almost perfectly that is   He hit the target wrong and broke both legs....he's never sky dived again  
Echo Rhayne
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7 posted 02-04-2000 03:23 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

WoW G.A.  I believe you described it very well.  I always wanted to go skydiving on my 18th birthday but I didnt have the money, but hey Im still young, I got time to do it....and after reading this, I really want to even more!  

 Just be glad I'm not your child! *evil grin*

 
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