Where Are My Wings? Courage for that Fledgling First Flight, poem and video


I have always tried to write poetry with a universal appeal, and this poem is an example of that attempt. Wherefore, it has subtle application in many of our lives, if we can find the parallel in our own history, present condition, or manner of thought. I trust that you, the reader, may find some benefit in it.

This poem is a metaphor for a conscious anxiety experienced by many I think, over gaining fulfillment in their lives through a commanding orchestration of their wherewithal, faculty, and self-motivation. It is not meant to represent control, per se, except to escape the effects of akrasia, unseen opportunity, and perhaps fear.

I use the analogy of a bird, in its fledgling dress and state to draw a comparison to the point at which one may see and understand the concept of self-fulfilled prophesy, and how it may apply in their lives, already and in the future.

Many of the roadblocks, hurdles, and impinging detractors to our success are but subjective impressions of base emotions and insufficiency. Most of these transient thoughts con the actual truth of us into submission. We must believe and come to know assuredly that we are better than that - Much better. We must abrogate and dismiss each derogatory thought that comes to mind uninvited, and marshal our minds into an edifying mode of confidence and fearless expansion of profitable production and resource. We cannot then be but quickened, strengthened, and ready.

I believe that once we realize that proven methodologies of growth, achievement, and success can be selectively applied to our own circumstance, we may then each move to overcome some of the greatest burdens life has to offer.

We must of course follow through deliberately with this knowledge in order to gain the visions we allow ourselves to reach for.

In most cases, I believe that we already have all we need to harness our progression in any circumstance we find ourselves. Indeed, it is true, sometimes our greatest enemy (to our fulfillment) is ourselves. Stalling, rationalizing, and waiting for the “perfect” moment to come along is a losing paradigm! We must harness the reigns of our intention, and feed the engine that powers our locomotive force! We must arouse and employ our faculties to direct the certain strength within us, and soar precisely in the very direction we have selected and know to be most beneficial to us, and to our communities of who with we share a partnership!


Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? Robert Browning, (1812-1889).



Perhaps The Whole Gist Of Things.

Where Are My Wings?



Where are my wings?

How do I sail?

From where are things

Which chase my trail?


The storms of tribulation

The vortexes of sin

The sordid confabulations

Of prevarications grim


Insidious, perfidious

This intrigue of the flesh

Ruined many souls

And mine is not the best


Where are my wings?

Where is my flight?

Do I yet cling?

Do I still fright?


Should I not sail?

Should I not rise?

Will I prevail

Upon the skies?


To become strong

I must survive

To conquer my wrong

I muster courage to dive


Out of this nest

Into the air

For my great quest

Of fruit to bear


And with these wings

Not quite yet tried

My trust must bring

Me up to glide


But can I soar

Above the clouds?

Perchance explore

Above the shroud?


When Heaven sings

My spirit cries!

My fledgling wings

Are barely tried


I must endure

More exercise

My heart make pure

And circumcise


What is this tether?

My own constraint?

And could I weather

To be a Saint?


As I take pains

To harness flesh

Which some of mine

Doth not seem best


Should not these reigns

Direct me free?

Or do they chain

And shackle me?


Am I not bound

To my Creator?

Whose Son was crowned

My liberator?


My soul was sought

Through Sacrifice

My life was bought

Yea, with a price!


So now I bow

And humbly plead

And further vow

To not recede


Into the sin

Of Satan’s charge

His old council

I do disbar


With Jesus Christ

As advocate

With heart contrite

I do confess


Oh, I have sinned

Against Thee

My glorious Saviour

Please forgive me!


God’s Angels now

They beckon me

To try my wings

I have been freed!


Copyright © 2010 Timothy Alexander Donnelly


Comments and wingers 15 comments

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great job Timothy. Encore! Thank you sir!

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Micky, you are a great friend. I gotta say bud, it sure is challenging tring to circumnavigate all the windmills around! I have enough trouble with this thing they call gravity! Whenever I get a nice wind to help raise me loft, I have to be even more aware of them sometimes dangerous mills! One day I will learn to use my wings well enough to have both gravity and wind ASSIST my flight and gain a higher altitude, above and outside the envelope of the windmills! Most important too is to establish a safe flight plan, with an accurate trajectory. You know, even a slight deviation means a huge increase in distance, perhaps beyond my stored energy to stay airbourne. Timely and accurate weather reports from honest sources also mean a lot. Because I tire easily and am not an expert pilot, I like to avoid most storms. Rest-stops therefore can do wonders. Besides, then I get a chance to eat! Glad you have found some inspiration from this post, as I have from yours.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Once again, your poetry is amazing. Really enjoyed this poem


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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Sage, thank YOU very much. Like only a few other Hubbers I have had the pleasure to cordially discover and meet, I value your comment as one from an above average source!

P.S. Sage, you have impressed many more than just me, judging by your in-depth and thoughtful Hubs, and by the amount of fans you have made in just over two months on HubPages - Nice going! Refer some of them my way who may also find hope in my messages. Sending respect your way my courageous friend, Thank you.

poetlorraine 6 years ago

i so enjoyed that thanks a lot.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're most welcome any time poetlorraine. Thanks for coming over for a virtual visit and for your encouraging comment on my poetry. I'm glad to hear you liked it.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful poem! We all seem tethered by something and yearn to fly free. Someday...!!! Above the clouds and right into heaven...

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Peggy W, you have left an honest and insightful comment. Glad to have you check out my hubs and comment this way, I appreciate it.

Perhaps we all have these figurative wings that just need to be mastered through faith, exercise, and patience. Still working on mine! God Bless us to help us recognize the Grace and instruction we need to accept in order to experience this freedom which has been offered to us all - indubitably.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Wow this is lovely. I love the flow of your words. nice one. Nell

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Nell, happy to have you read my thoughts in poetry. Hope to see more of your stuff too.

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Beautifully written. Simple , yet profound. Not everyone can master that.

Thank you for sharing

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

´My life was bought, yes with a price´....beautiful line and what a price God´s son paid for us. Excellent read. Thank you.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dim Flaxenwick, thank you for your pleasing comments. I'm so glad you liked this composition and acknowledged its universal message.

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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Timothy Beautiful Hub! Angie

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Angie. Happy to have you around!

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