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The Lonely Life of Our Heroes of The Sky. A Loving Dedication to my Brother Madan (Emge)

Updated on February 27, 2016
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Madan is a retired military officer from the air force


The Lonely Life of A Cockpit Pilot

Dauntless, skilled and daring, are the heroes of the sky,

Elite; well-trained; obedient, they never question why,

Their poor husbands and their women; their children have to cry,

While they fight manoeuv’ring turns; accelerate on high.

Very lonely is the cockpit pilot of the heights,

Dog-fighting; out-beguiling, the enemy in sight.

Attacks from deadly missiles, a constant cause of plight;

‘Barrel-rolls’ for aerial combat; many sleepless nights.

Brave a man who never feels, the lonesomeness of fear;

Body demands and black-outs; or ae-ri-al warfare.

Dog-fights … entering the fog …engaged in air-to-air.

Breaking laws of physics; somersaulting everywhere.

Alone the cockpit fighters! Some think of those at home,

Others dream of lightning strikes; crash-landing on a dome.

All their dreams and aspirations, nurtured high in space.

So much of skill required, to become a perfect Ace!

So it’s a lonely time up there, in a fighter plane,

Encased in sombre clothing, poor comfort to their pain.

So as they do ‘tight turns’ for us; die a thousand times,

Let all our men and women, send love and healing chimes.

-Manatita 27th February, 2016. ©Copyrighted.

Bangalore, India
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Sri Chinmoy on Courage

"Inner courage is nothing but constant self-giving... God granted courage to our body before we were spiritual, before we aspired. He thought that with this courage we would be fully alert. He gave courage to our vital. He thought that with this courage our vital would be dynamic. He gave courage to our mind. He felt that with this courage our mind would be completely clear. He gave courage to our heart. He thought that with this courage our heart would be totally pure.

Then we became seekers. Now God has given our heart the power of oneness. He has given our mind the power of wideness. He has given our vital the power of compassion. He has given our body the power of sacrifice. ..”- Sri Chinmoy.

The fighter pilot

Our heroes in the sky

Do you feel its lonely up there?

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      So nice to know, Shauna. Apart from Emge himself, I think your father is the first one here. A truly noble role. I wish him well, my dear. You're so fortunate to hear all those stories! Excellent!! I admire this very much!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      My father, now 83, is a retired Air Force Fighter Pilot. He spent over 20 years with the USAF and was called out of retirement twice before he finally did. He loved it and still talks about his time in the cockpit. I remember seeing him disembark from his jet back in the early 1960's and how proud I was of him. I even have the flight suit he wore (they were orange then). I talked him into giving it to me many years ago when I went out to visit him in Sacramento.

      He's now in a nursing home. I think his memories of his life as a fighter pilot and race car driver for the USAF are what keeps him going. I get emails from him all the time that he gets from his military comrades, so he still keeps close touch with them. Some people make a life of the military and some only do what they're required to do. I'm proud to be the daughter of a man who truly lived the life by choice and still has the heart of a pilot.

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      2 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Shaloo. Have a great weekend.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      A wonderful tribute to the pilots! You have beautifully expressed the trials and tribulations that the pilots face.

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      2 years ago from london

      Ralph, my appreciations. I told you before that you are a mixture of fire and ...I don't remember. I am going to be sincere. You come over as very loving to me. I sense your Heart; your goodness ...and find it interesting that you are a mixture of fire and Love.

      When you are writing about politics, I wonder. But your poetry and also comments on poetry, shows a mature and loving Heart. Conflicting? Don't know, Bro, but perhaps you can enlighten me. I really love your other works, and feel your beautiful Spirit and your strength. In Joy and Light.

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      You have captured the life of those brave ones so exquisitely - from their sacrifice to their skills. Great read.

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      2 years ago from london

      Yes, Deb, an incredible job. They sacrifice so much! All hail to the cockit fighters of the sky. Much Love to you. I will take a rest from writing here soon. I am so grateful for your loving support.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A great tribute. These men and women have an extremely hard job, and they must have incredible timing and fast reactions.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you so much Rasma. Higher blessings.

      Alicia, I appreciate this. Much Love.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another lovely and very fitting tribute. I enjoy reading your tributes and learning more about the people that you describe very much.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful tribute to a brother you can really be proud of. Blessings to you.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Have a blessed Sunday, Bill. Much Peace to you and yours this weekend ...

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm just doing a fly-by today to say hello. No time to read articles this Sunday. Blessings always, my friend.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ah! Vasantha. Are you from Bangalore? Noticed my beautiful pic? Yes, let us salute them. Hope that all's good with you. Much Love.

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      vasantha T k 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Lovely tribute to your brother, manatita.

      "My salute's to all the pilots who fly high in the skies".

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ah, my Brother Emge. You came. Well, in this case, it is two hands clapping. You gave me an opportunity of serving, and I tried to do a decent job. Giving and receiving this game called Life, we always need each other.

      Your sentiments and appreciations are loving and noted on the tablet of my Heart. Much Love.

      Hari, Thank you, thank you. What do you do? Yes, the life in the sky is no fun! Om Shanti!

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Action is a dull word,

      when the G's are going wild.

      I understand now what it takes to be pilot. Awesome dedication.

      Madan ji, Namaskar.

      - Hari

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      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Its such a lovely poem and confirms what a great man and poet you are. You have captured the essence of inner conflict in the mind when in the cockpit. Its great and heady poetry, which I shall cherish for ever. Thank you brother.

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      2 years ago from london

      Yes, my Sweet Ruby. I can write on any thing! I tell people that all the time, but they don't believe me, because my Soul is usually drawn to serve in a spiritual way. Do you know what my Name means? You're my friend, so I'll share.

      It was given to me by Sri Chinmoy in 1989. It means Beyond the Mind; in The Heart of Our Lord Beloved Supreme. I was told that I am a Heart person, that the quality of my Soul is to bring the Heart to the fore. It is my Soul's propensity. That's why I'm sometimes so childlike.

      Good old uncle Jimmy. Many fought in World War2. Such a terrible thing, war. Much Love and have a great weekend.

      Yes Missy, it's good to find what's right for us. In this lies tremendous joy. Thank you so much for your loving support.

      Buildreps, that was a very sweet thing to say. I try so hard. One cannot truly love by preaching; forcing; seeing only one way. It then becomes a box, an imprisonment. My Heart is very vast. We are all His children. Much Love, Bro.

      Thanks Dee,

      You all see the vastness and beauty of it. I'm so proud of you all here. Much Love.

      Yes, my Dear Surabhi. I'll keep rocking, baby. Ha ha. Thank you so much. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

      ahorseback, really appreciate this, my Friend. From one great poet to another. God bless you, Bro. Have a great weekend!

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      2 years ago

      Ah yes sir , Our heroes ! And are there any people more disciplined and enviable than those with such an air of professionalism all about them ?

      Great poem too !.....Ed

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Bravo! I'd like to pay my utmost salute to this tribute and to the pilots who keep a watchful eye on us from the sky like a shield of protection, that provides us security. A masterpiece flying in the navy blue skies with valiancy and courage! Mr. Madan deserves this exquisite dedication. It flows so well. You have the gift of gab, Manatita. Keep rocking! Om Shanti.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, I applaud your tribute to Emge and all the other pilots who brave the skies for all of us. So thoughtful of you!

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      2 years ago from Europe

      You are so poetical, brother! That was a nice poem you delivered there, and so right from your heart without judgement. I think you're an example for many of us.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful dedication, Manatita. I loved this one.

      My niece is actually in the Air Force now. She's lived in Texas, Japan, and now Korea. She's visited Jordan as well. She will be off to Germany this April for two years. Oh how she wants us all to visit her there, but it may be too expensive.

      She isn't a pilot, but she works on the flight line loading planes with weapons they may need and things such as that. She really likes her job and the comradery she has found while serving.

      Again, Great hub, lovely poem, and dedication to your friend. :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a wonderful tribute to all pilots who risk death when fighting to keep us free. My mother had a brother, ( Uncle Jimmy ) who flew for the royal air force in England during WWII. He was considered a daredevil by the family. You are equipped to write poetry on any subject. Amazing!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, my Friend Frank. And I really appreciate it when I hear it from you, O Flash extraordinaire! Gratitude.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      a very nice dedication and poem ... you do these well as I stated before :)

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      2 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Abhimanyu. You got the spirit right. I'm so happy with your comment, especially as it's the first one that Madan would see.

      My style is esoteric, though, and this poem is different, a loving request. I say this as I had told you about my poems. Look at one or two of the others. Much Gratitude. Om Shanti!

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      Very nice poem and those who are willing to die and sacrifice for others must be saluted. You have delivered a fitting tribute to the fighter pilots and to your brother Madan.


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