Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Poem of the Day

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Poem of the Day

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The Jump VOLUNTEERS were wanted For what I did not know I wasn't really listening But said I'd have a go Imagine then the shock I felt When they told me of my treat I had to jump from an aeroplane From thirteen thousand feet They all stood up and applauded Bestowing me with praise But what they did not really see Was the terror on my face I have a fear of heights you see Vertigo is what its called If they had known how scared I was, They would have been appalled But a promise I had made to them, The jump had to be done I was sponsored for six hundred pounds So it wasn't just for fun They hired a great big trip bus For those who'd want to see I'd hoped my jump would be the first, But I was number 23 We arrived down at the airfield My heart was beating fast I stood there feeling ill at ease As the plane went slowly past It was smaller than I expected It really was minute I ambled out to where it stopped In my hat and flying suit, My instructor was a nice young chap Who put me at my ease As we flew over open fields And past a clump of trees The time had come to leave the plane So I tightened up my strap As I prepared to do my jump With an instructor on my back The first part was a freefall About three thousand feet Then the parachute was opened And we slowed down nice and neat I began to take in all the view My eyes were looking round We saw the fields and runway Before we hit the ground Despite my first misgivings Of doing what and when The first words that I uttered were "Can I do that again! …

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