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To a Lost Flyer

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 20, 2014

To a Lost Flyer

By Bessie Jarvis Payne

In memory of Captain Lee Jarvis Halling
Killed in action – May 5, 1944

Dedicated to his mother
Rose Jarvis Halling

Wings approaching in the sky,
Slowing as they pass me by,
Dipping now in brief goodbye –
O’er this home.

Wings against the azure deep,
Eager flight into the street,
Straining eyes that must not weep –
Till peace is won.

Wings upon the sun-splashed hills
Casting shadows o’er the rills,
Soaring high, as my heart thrills –
Then you’re gone.

Wings above the ocean’s foam
Winging far from friends and home.
Must you never cease to roam–
Dearest one?

Broken wings in downward sweep,
Swiftly be the fate you meet,
Rest now in eternal sleep –
Oh, my son.

(1945)



4 Comments »

  1. If the record at Find-a-Grave is correct, he died in Palm Beach County, Florida, which suggests that he died in a training accident. I’m quite sure that that fact wouldn’t have made his loss any less difficult for his mother.

    As the names suggest, there was a family tie between the author and the bereaved mother–they were sisters, just two years apart in age.

    Comment by Mark B. — February 20, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

  2. Thank you, Mark.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 20, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

  3. Thanks, Mark. You’re right that the particulars of the type of flight he was on wouldn’t make the family’s loss any easier.

    “Oh, my son.” So sad.

    Comment by David Y. — February 20, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

  4. That was beautiful!

    Comment by Laurie Nguyen — February 20, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

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