Saturday, February 20, 2010

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.


Little planes zipping about give the kiddies and I such pleasure. We see them here and there, and it never fails to amuse. I snapped this little bloke re-enacting the bombing of Guernica just outside our backyard!

The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner, by Randall Jarrell

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.


Authors note: "A ball turret was a Plexiglas sphere set into the belly of a B-17 or B-24, and inhabited by two .50 caliber machine-guns and one man, a short small man. When this gunner tracked with his machine guns a fighter attacking his bomber from below, he revolved with the turret; hunched upside-down in his little sphere, he looked like the foetus in the womb. The fighters which attacked him were armed with cannon firing explosive shells. The hose was a steam hose."

4 comments:

Roddy said...

I don't know if I would want to go too far on half a tank of two stroke.

Kris said...

Only a little jaunt.

Megan said...

I love Randall Jarrell.

Is Henry old enough yet for "The Animal Family"? I bet he is...

Kris said...

Megan, it is probably a bit long for his attention span. I love Jarrell, but Maurice Sendak's work jars with me. I just don't find it aesthetically pleasing.