To the Memory of


(American Aviator)

You who fought for France with a mystic passion,

Soaring fierce and lonely above the thunder,

Fiery one, aggressor in fifty combats,

Ever the bravest; 

We, who knew your look, and the noble sweetness,

All your high disdain for the death you smiled upon,

Bend our thoughts in reverence down before you

— Fallen in beauty.

Paul Scott Mowrer.