saadat tahir

Veteran Poet - 1,543 Points (21011965 / Islamabad-Pakistan)

High Flight….The Last Roll Over! (On Sad Demise Of Father) - Poem by saadat tahir

”Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, -and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew-
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space, ”
I raced and touched the shadows of Grace.

Source adapted from: ….
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• Portions of this poem appear on many headstones in Arlington National Cemetery.
• Today it serves as the official poem of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force and it is required to be recited by memory by first-year cadets at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) where it is also depicted in its Field House.
Cadet Bashir Ali Khan…30th April 1922…17th July 2009

(The Gentlemen Cadets who opted to go to Pakistan, left the Academy on the night of 14 October 1947. The first two generations of the officers of the Pakistan Armed Forces are products of the Indian Military Academy. (RIAF) (Dheradun)
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Later opted for Air force ….got his RPAF (Royal Pakistani Air Force)
wings(I have it stashed with me) …later yet PAF. ₪ Flying the so called temperamental tempests the fury’s and the spitfires…
……..several pages cut……to be posted later with proper references

He was a very loving father an exemplary husband and a very humble person always referring to himself as a soldier or a peasant. Living a life of almost ascetic simplicity. I miss him bitterly!

May he rest in peace, his abode be heaven and be blessed with the bounties of GOD! ...Aameen

18 July,2009

Comments about High Flight….The Last Roll Over! (On Sad Demise Of Father) by saadat tahir

  • Gold Star - 11,419 Points Seema Jayaraman (11/1/2015 11:33:00 AM)

    Exquisite poem.. Not only for someone who has soared in the blue skies but for ordinary mortsls to set their imaginations on a wing and tumble against G forces.. Salute to your father being an IAF brat myself..thanks (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 16,223 Points Bharati Nayak (4/2/2015 10:20:00 AM)

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter silvered -wings
    Sun ward I have climbed and join the mirth
    Of sun split clouds-and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung- -so beautiful lines to describe the final journey of soul towards heaven cutting the bondage of earth.Really loved the poem for its beauty and meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,543 Points Saadat Tahir (9/19/2012 11:09:00 AM)

    @ Hunter Lyda
    if you would like to see the references, you would appreciate.
    Its an adaptation and a duly acknowledged one.
    my faith does not allow for saying some things there are red lines
    ....and hence the adaptation.

    but you have a keen eye i must say... :)
    blessings (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hunter Lyda (6/6/2012 7:54:00 AM)

    at the end you said touched the shadows of grace did you do that on purpose. becasues as i recall in the original high flight it was and touched the face of god (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,543 Points Saadat Tahir (8/16/2009 2:04:00 AM)

    Today i say final farewell...its our traditional farewell memorial dinner for the departed soul....age old tradition....
    GOOD BYE DAD....

    The rocky shore extended to the sea.
    The town of Camarine from far we see,
    And fenny lake, undrain'd by fate's decree.
    In sight of the Geloan fields we pass,
    And the large walls, where mighty Gela was;
    Then Agragas, with lofty summits crown'd,
    Long for the race of warlike steeds renown'd.
    We pass'd Selinus, and the palmy land,
    And widely shun the Lilybaean strand,
    Unsafe, for secret rocks and moving sand.
    At length on shore the weary fleet arriv'd,
    Which Drepanum's unhappy port receiv'd.
    Here, after endless labors, often toss'd
    By raging storms, and driv'n on ev'ry coast,
    My dear, dear father, spent with age, I lost:
    Ease of my cares, and solace of my pain,
    Sav'd thro' a thousand toils, but sav'd in vain
    The prophet, who my future woes reveal'd,
    Yet this, the greatest and the worst, conceal'd;
    And dire Celaeno, whose foreboding skill
    Denounc'd all else, was silent of the ill.
    This my last labor was. Some friendly god
    From thence convey'd us to your blest abode.'

    Book 3
    Virgil (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Maitreyee Joshi (8/1/2009 8:35:00 AM)

    it is a beautiful poem.i too had the flight while i read it.may your father's soul rest in peace. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M A (8/1/2009 3:21:00 AM)

    My sincere condolences.

    I have nothing wise to say, since I have never lost anybody close to me. Only, that it must be difficult.

    The poem is beautiful, romantic, timeless, seamless, airy. Seems to be of the Persian style. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 13 Points Anjali Sinha (7/29/2009 2:35:00 PM)

    Eternal rest grant unto him
    O Lord
    May his soul rest in peace
    is all Ill say now dear Saadat
    My sincerest condolences to you
    and your family
    anjali (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 137 Points Linda Ori (7/29/2009 11:41:00 AM)

    Saadat - this is a lovely, heartfelt tribute to your wonderful father. It is filled with deep emotion and respect for someone you care deeply for, and the loss has created a huge hole in your heart, which is understandable. There is a special bond between a father and son that cannot be denied. He was your mentor, your anchor and your friend. I know that he is still there with you, and is proud of the son that you are. My heart goes out to you.
    The poem you reference here I have read many times, and it always fills me with such awe and freedom from the bonds of existence. Your poem title is perfect, and such a fitting farewell to your father. His spirit is still soaring.................

    with sincere sorrow..........
    Linda xx (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 99,158 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (7/29/2009 6:57:00 AM)

    He was a very loving father an exemplary husband and a very humble person always referring to himself as a soldier or a peasant. Living a life of almost ascetic simplicity. I miss him bitterly! ........
    as air force man my self, i witness tragic mid air accdient while taking off from the air base. i know it is hilarious steps but some times deadly too. i too pray great tribute to the sad demise......lovely pome...10/.. befitting tribute..

    , , i wrote papa do u know... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ritty Patnaik (7/28/2009 1:22:00 PM)

    dear sadat,
    we are one with you in your sorrow.we have lost one of the oldest flyers of our times., and we did not realise it.may his soul rest in peace, and god bless your family at this trying time.
    ritty (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,412 Points Indira Renganathan (7/28/2009 9:51:00 AM)

    I feel extremely sorry for you Saadat..death is is sorrow...I know no one can console you...but time is the healer...and I guess like his son..a cheerful and adorable man your father must have been..heart felt sorry for the respectable father's've to cheer up..or else life will be lost..regards-Indira (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (7/27/2009 9:31:00 PM)

    Dear Saadat, This is a beautiful poem and a fitting tribute to your dear father whom you obviously adored and respected enormously. I can see why this poem has been chosen as inspiration for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It eloquently and skillfully expresses the freedom of flight and the light of Grace that accompanies it. I am very sorry for your recent loss and thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this fine poem in remembrance. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,543 Points Saadat Tahir (7/26/2009 11:29:00 AM)

    i am deeply indebted to all of you friends....who like a true family gave me succor and support in a time of anguish and tribulation.
    My loss is immense and only time will heal if it ever will…..

    But people at PH…… I raise my hand in salute…. You knew me just through my few poems and three months at PH……Thousands of miles apart, yet felt for me …asked me about my father’s health…and in the end consoled me and stood by me with kind and comforting words…
    I thank all of you and those who asked for my email and telephone no to send personal messages of condolence at a more private level…. I can never forget

    Thanx again….we are indeed an extended family… a sensitive and very human family
    Vive la PH (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shashendra Amalshan (7/26/2009 2:51:00 AM)

    Hello Sadaaat! ! !

    Hi, I read this moving piece and i think i did sent you a mail.. hope you got it...
    We salute your father indeed... come to think of it Sadaat! ! ! i feel so ashamed when i compare my self to you...cause i v done lots of bad to my parents....It s high time, i stopped playing with life, learn lesson from a person like you, and do something for my parents..
    we are proud to have here, you are an inspiration..
    and thanks for your father, who conceived such an inspirational friend to this wrhethced world.. It s people like you, , people who i see in the poemhunter, that make the world that much more beautiful....
    it s been three months i v been to the site...i v nt seen any one in this site, in person..
    but their writing does reflect, what kind of people they are! ! ! ...
    as leslie.. say we are family indeed! ! ! !

    may your father rest in peace

    with lots of love
    shan (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 99,158 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (7/25/2009 8:27:00 PM)

    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    it is wonder experience inthesky and only natuare lover canexplainit inbest way.. i liked the theme and its presentation...

    read mine the sun..sun and son..dark clouds (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ata khan (7/24/2009 3:56:00 AM)

    Proud are the sons who have such a father, and happier the parents to have a son like you, May Allah bless his soul, ameen. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sonya Florentino (7/23/2009 9:46:00 PM)

    oh Sadaat, I'm just learning of this heart goes out to you...what a beautiful poem to dedicate to your father...i'm sure he has felt this way flying so high in the skies...and when before he had only dreamt of reaching heaven, now he has.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lady Grace (7/23/2009 7:34:00 PM)

    i salute you thousand times for this nice to read..naizz (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 192 Points Joseph Poewhit (7/23/2009 5:34:00 AM)

    Very nice epitaph, just part of this life death. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 18, 2009

Poem Edited: Friday, September 25, 2009

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