Silver Plane

Maybe it was Jo Stafford’s voice on those summer nights, singing from the open doors of VFW Post 6776, “Fly the ocean in a silver plane, see the ocean when it’s wet with rain,” wafting through our bedroom window next door in those anxious and mysteriously heart-filling times, maybe it was those words that got me started, flew me this far – or maybe that secret is deep in the genes, of putting a foot down and not keeping it there for a lifetime – but whence ever it came, at some point the yearning to travel began to speak in me–

And now, here on an autumn mountainside in Japan, out on the deck with a glass of wine after a day of turning the garden and splitting some firewood I’ve just listened to that song again – thanks to you, Mick – for the first time in more than 50 years, and felt that same sensation, a deep recollection of that early yearning, right here in my own present life on the other side of the world, in a bamboo jungle wet with rain–

Maybe the song, maybe the simply genetic desire to wander, to not stay in place– but I marvel now at how that tune evokes exactly what it did then, when the silver plane flew only in a song – as though the past were truly present – Those nights when mystic wings would over and over fly across the air and into my unlived heart, though no one we knew was going anywhere– I would– I would go somewhere, on a silver plane.

You Belong To Me by Jo Stafford

First posted on original site on Saturday, October 9, 2010

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2 Responses to Silver Plane

  1. Bob says:

    The following comment was made on the original post on blogger:

    joared said…

    Your words evoke many memories. I remember that tune by Jo Stafford — a favorite of mine, stimulating imaginative visions.

  2. Mick says:

    (awakens, as if from a dream) Nice to be back here at The Blog Brothers, feeling all those memories flooding back while reading your post. If there ever was a theme song for this site, though…. this would be it (perhaps when they make the movie). I’ve always slipped into a dream when I hear this song.

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