I’ve seen the French delta bird up close and what a plane!
Just think of the names it brought forth – Cheetah, Pantera, Kfir, Nesher…
All are delta darts whose claws are thirty millimetre guns
and whose teeth are heat-seeking missiles.
Blooded in combat over the Sinai and the Malvinas in the name of war.
Pilots became both victors and vanquished flying and fighting
where the sun lives. Their name live on today
in a legendary jet whose name is Mirage
and whose wings brought flames ascending
to the heavens.