Marauder, Liberator, Vampire.
We released myths into the atmosphere
the way in 1783, Montgolfier
first set free his paper bag.
We invested machines
with the power of weather - Hurricane,
Thunderbolt and Whirlwind, as we name
our kids after singers and queens.
We envied predatory birds, the Gull,
Eagle, Sparrowhawk, enough to borrow
their identities; and the strongest god,
Hercules, carried to Olympus on a cloud.
A Valkyrie was among the first to fly;
her name, 'chooser of the slain' a premonition
of the Blitz and Dresden or the last calls
to earth from those infamous planes.