Dancing On Air
Herbert Woodward Martin
I am thinking of those fabulous Wright Brothers
Who seemed to put the seams of the ancient
Elements: fire, water, air and earth
Together correctly with the physics of flight:
Metal and gears, wood and glass, petrol and oil.
They took on the expansive air and flew like birds,
Like Vaslav Nijinsky or Isadora Duncan who
By leaps and bounds, scales and climbs,
Rises and descents, carefully defied space with
The coordinated bones and muscles of their bodies.
So their implements let them fly
Like their fellow citizen who took words
And sailed the skies with them brothers of an idea.