Star In His Pocket

Haiku lyrics speak words of encouragement to anyone brave enough to follow their dreams. 

Elise has never quite gotten over her girlhood crush on Philippe Petit, though it has matured into a deep respect for his special brand of guts and creativity. Philippe Petit is the French high-wire artist who gained fame for his aerial walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on August 7, 1974. For his unauthorized feat 400 metres above the ground he and his team successfully rigged 200 kilograms of cable between the buildings without getting caught. Petit performed for 45 minutes, making 8 passes along the wire. Authorities arrested him at the conclusion of his performance, but all charges were dropped in exchange for him performing in Central Park for children. In an interview, when Petit was asked what compelled him to do the walk he replied, "When I see three oranges I juggle, when I see two towers I walk."

There’s no need for talk
Three oranges mean juggle
Two towers mean walk 

Inspired by grace
Put a star in his pocket
Laughing in fear’s face 

Look! look!
High in the sky!
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a man
He can fly! 

Leaping the world’s ties
Put a star in his pocket
Dancing on the sky 

Following his heart
With a star in his pocket
Following his feet 

Just following his feet...

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