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Silver Wings
by D. J. (Don) Stephens

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
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Silver Wings


We proudly wore the silver wings,

Pinned over our left breast.

We knew that we had earned them

And it had been no easy test.


For those few weeks we had to run

Everywhere we went

Then we did the pushups

Until completely spent.


We were made to hang in a harness,

When done wrong brought pain below.

Then we jumped from the towers

Both the high ones and the low.


Finally came the day of reckoning,

We lined up and boarded a plane.

Our stomachs all were churning,

Some from fear that was close to pain.


Stand up, Hook up, Equipment check, Sound off

The man in the door shouts the commands.

We stand anxiously watching the signal light,

While holding static lines with sweaty hands.


The signal flashes from red to green,

And the jumpmaster shouts to GO.

We all begin to shuffle forward,

Twenty scared troopers in a row.


The door keeps getting closer,

Men in front begin to disappear.

Some of us are praying

We will not freeze from fear.


Near the door we make a sharp right turn

And quickly step out into space.

Tuck your chin, clutch your chest

And slowly count to four.


There comes a tremendous upward thrust,

And then we gently swing.

All anxiety gone, there’s a swell of pride,

We’ve earned our Silver Wings.

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Reviewed by John Domino 8/1/2009

John M Domino, Major USAF (ret.)
Reviewed by Mariann Klimczuk 4/16/2009
A wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/7/2008
Well earned it was, and you were trained properly and glad you had a good experience there.
Reviewed by Patricia Sanders 3/18/2008
I love the telling of this experience through poetry.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 12/1/2007
This takes me back to good old Fort Benning....Young and fearless we were.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/22/2007
vivid imagery-i enjoyed the write
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/20/2004
What a great descriptive write. You took me there with you!Stayed in poetic form to boot! Wow! Feel proud, you should. Bravo!
Reviewed by A PAX 1/20/2004
Bravo! And you lived to tell the tale....wonderful poem...must be I get scared looking out of a 3rd floor window!
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