Into the Azure Blue Sky


  • Mandi
  • I am here, heart in hand, ready to share time and poems ith anyone who will give me the time in their day.

Poem Commentary

This poem is dedicated to my nephew, Nicholas Hibberd, who died tragically at the age of 24 when his freight plane went down near Denton, Texas. The event took place on December 4th, 2002, shortly after 7am.. A recent graduate from the University of Texas, he was working as a cargo pilot and working toward his commercial piiot's license.

Into the Azure Blue Sky

This is a story of a young boy,
Who wanted to learn to how to fly,
Liike his father before him,
Up away iinto the azure blue sky.

He paid attention to his parents.
He learned how to be a good friend.
Doing his best in his schoolwork,
He grew into a fine young man..

Then, early one December morning
A young pilot readied to fly.
Finishing his routine checklist,
He  raised  his eyes to the sky.

The sun, hidden by the grey thickness,
Was a vision of fog-muted flame.
Blanketing all the earth he could see,
To him everything looked the same.

As an athlete trusts in his coach
The young pilot relied on his plane.,
If each instrament was doing its job
He, then, could do the same.

For all he had ever wanted,
As many a young man does, was to fly
Up, up and away from earthly tethers
Into the azure blue sky.

What was down seemed up,
And, what was up was down surely.
But, a meeting of metal and earth,
Caused a firey blaze to end the query.

In a minute second, all was gone,
Smoke and fire had taken its toll.
The young pilot had vanished,
To heaven God had sent his soul..

To this day we remember fondly,
That he applied all of his learning,
To accomplish the goal of being a pilot,
 Fullfilling his youthful yearning

For all  he had ever wantned
As many a young man does, was to fly
Up, up and away from Earthly tethers
And into the azure blue sky.

Poem Comments


Please login or register

You must be logged in or register a new account in order to
leave comments/feedback and rate this poem.

Login or Register

MootPoint commented on Into the Azure Blue Sky


Kinda gave me a little chill at the end. Wow, love it. Sad that such a fine young man's life was over at such a young age.



this was my nephew.

StandingBear commented on Into the Azure Blue Sky


A great dedication poem you've written for your nephew Nicholas. Meticulously crafted with the utmost love and care. Excellent dedication poem!



thank you, again, for reading and commenting on my poems you rock

ESSENCEOFLOVE commented on Into the Azure Blue Sky


I'm sorry for your loss. He seemed like a wonderful young man. I love this poem not only for it's storytelling, which was great, but for the love pouring from every word. A beautiful tribute......E




kmooney commented on Into the Azure Blue Sky


Very heartfelt. A nice story and tribute to a young pilot. Thanks for sharing...K



This was my nephew. He perished on Dec. 4th, 2002.

winterkou commented on Into the Azure Blue Sky


This is a wonderful poem about a boy who wants to follow in his fathers footsteps. If this had a rating You would surely get a 10 from me. Two thumbs up.



thanks for your comments . Each time you comment I feel renewed witth confidence.

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.

Walt Whitman, American Poet (1819-1892)

Mandi’s Poems (99)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Heart in Hand 2
Incapacitated 2
Heaven 0
All Alone At The Plate 0
Moon Man 0
Happy Halloween! ! ! 1
Ah,Ha! 1
Sometimes We Should Listen to Friends 1
Destiny 1
undeclared love 1
Search On 1
There's a candle burning bright in my window tonight... 2
The Searcher 3
And 'The World's in Ttheir Hands? 1
When Young Dreams Die 6
The Garden 4
Letting Go 1
Confusion 3
And, So, Life Goes (C'est la Vie) 1
Would you still leave me? 2
Till I Knew You 4
A Good Day 6
A Little White Lie 3
~ ~ Cindy's Garden ~~ 2
The Wheezy, Sneezy Wabbits 2
Into the Azure Blue Sky (original) 1
Ode to a Grecian.... ahh, I mean, to Diet Orange Crush 3
Life Goes On 3
love pending... 1
And then I said.... 1
On The Outside Looking In 3
In One Fell Swoop... 6
A Part of the Crowd 3
That's the Story of My Life 4
I Think I'm Gonna' Write a Book 8
I Am She 7
Acceptance 11
And So.... Let This Be Said! 9
This Is My Kingfdom 7
Darling 7
Rose by the Sea` 7
Into the Azure Blue Sky 22
final act 5
On July 24th, 2010 4
Forsaken? 8
Silence of the Lambs 5
Rise Up From Slumber 10
Conversion 3
Shades of Kevin 8
hello out there.... 12
Now If That Ain't Love, I Don't Know What Is! 7
The Man Who Kept the Law 9
Tell Me Little Baby what do you see? 9
My Last Everything 17
In The Pink 14
Making the Cut 8
Letter To An Unnamed Lover 7
Where the Trolls Live 11
Three Little Girls and the Witch's Tower 9
Sunrise of Life 4
Is Anyone Like Me? 11
Waiting 8
Beautiful Bella 4
A Place in the World 4
Friend 4
Welcome to the Family 2
Devotion 2
Reflections 6
Just One of Those Days 3
Mother 1
Destiny 1
Dreamland 1
Grandaughters 4
The Prairie Highway 4
Play Ball? 4
When Day is Done 4
When Peonies Last Bloomed in the Garden 2
Longing 4
On Angel's Wings 3
Frustration 2
I Am Too Smart 1
Too Late 3
bon jour 1
Limerick for a Cop 2
The Gift 5
Heaven's Tide 2
I Remember You, Dad 6
The Girl and the Lonely Heart / Romancing the Girl 4
The Third Street Bridge 1
Missing Little Things 1
Secrets 6
Eden 6
Crying Babies 3
Game of Life 3