Poetry Friday: The Lost Pilot

November 14th, 2008

This week, Bill Varner picked a poem to commemmorate Veteran’s Day.

A distant relative of mine recently passed away. I’d only really come to know him recently, and mostly through e-mail. He was a brilliant teacher, and also a fighter pilot in WW II. Yesterday on the radio I learned that on the 90th anniversary of WWI, “The Great War,” there are but a handful of veterans left. And each year we lose more and more veterans of WWII. In honor of Veteran’s Day this past week, here is a poem by James Tate, written as a very young man, about his father, a WWII pilot

The Lost Pilot
By James Tate
for my father, 1922-1944

Your face did not rot
Like the others—the co-pilot,
for example, I saw him

Read the rest of the poem here

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