‘Soaring Rhapsody’ is a series of linked poems in the style of Haiku. The leading verse is a meta, the seed from which all the subsequent haikus germinate in their first word.
Together, they seek to convey a glimpse of the sensations and rewards of soaring flight as experienced by sailplane pilots. Hopefully, they provide some insight into what motivates pilots to venture enthusiastically again and again into the sky, flying unpowered aircraft.
For sailplane pilots, whether gliding simply for the sheer joy of it or competing for championships and records, they are a reminder of the wondrous visual, physical and spiritual exhilaration we are privileged to enjoy in the sky.
Drew McKinnie, Colin Vassarotti