A Celebration of Women Writers

"The Air-Men." by Norah M. Holland (1876-1925)
From: Spun-Yarn And Spindrift. by Norah M. Holland. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1918, p. 93.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

[Page 93] 


WE brought great ships to birth,
  We builded towns and towers–
Lords of the sea and earth,
  Soon shall the sky be ours.

Soon shall our navies drift
  Like swallows down the wind,
Shall wheel and swoop and lift,
  Leaving the clouds behind.

The stars our keels shall know,
  The eagle, as it flies,
Shall scream to see us go
  Swift moving through the skies.

High o'er the mountain-steep
  Our wingèd fleets shall sail,
The serried squadrons sweep,
  White-pinioned down the gale.

We are the lords of the land,
  We built us towns and towers,
The sea has felt our hand–
  Soon shall the sky be ours.

[Page 94]

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom