Poetic Thursday: Winging It

Welcome to another Poetic Thursday here at These Days. We’re once again joining Pam, Angel Sammy and Teddy for poetry over at Two Spoiled Cats.

This is the photo inspiration we were given for this week’s poem:

I wasn’t familiar with Lillian Boyer until I saw this photo and did some research. She was an amazing young woman, and you can read about her by clicking here.

Here’s my poem:

Winging It

Girl, were you not afraid of anything?
Second time in a plane, and you walk on the wing?

Waitressing left you unfulfilled,
but hanging from a plane provided a thrill.

Known as “Queen of the Air” and “The Girl of Nerve”,
your name was known all over the world.

Folks came to see you at air shows and fairs;
eyes to the skies, they stood and stared.

You had no fear, but they had it for you,
and prayed for your safety each time that you flew.

So young and so brave, you were having fun,
but new safety laws passed, and your career was done.

Then, many years later, in an old vintage plane,
our young-at-heart girl soared once again.

I also discovered this You-tube of some of her amazing stunts. It’s about 16 1/2 minutes, but I can promise you that you’ll be amazed at what you see. (Oh, and that, most likely, it will make your palms clammy.)

Also, this is an interesting article about her going for a plane ride when she was in her 80’s.

Thanks, Pam, for the photo this week. I learned something new from today’s Poetic Thursday.

~These Days Of Mine~

7 responses to “Poetic Thursday: Winging It

  1. Lillian was something wasn’t she! Great poem this week and I also included some info about her in our post today. There’s a lot of information about her online. I bet she was a real character!


  2. So fascinating!
    Your poem was perfect and what a great idea for the “poem challenge” to also introduce an amazing person!
    I am now going to look for a video!
    Well done!

  3. WOW!! On Lillian’s feats and your poem. She was one brave lady! Your poem explored both sides of her act – her performance and the audience’s reaction. YES!! Clammy hands and admiration for her gutsy nerve.

  4. Your poem fits perfectly – once again ! – now I’m off to learn a bit more about her … I have to say – the stunt beginning at 7.55 really got me …

  5. Holy cow! Never heard of her but what an amazing story (and poem you wrote!)!

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    The video was amazing as Lillian was. You wrote a wonderful poem to honor her.

  7. Great poem and a very informative post !

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