My Son

I must not let my boy Dick down,
  Knight of the air.
With wings of light he won renown
  Then crashed somewhere.
To fly to France from London town
  I do not dare.

Oh he was such a simple lad
  Who loved the sky;
A modern day Sir Galahad,
  No need to die:
Earthbound he might have been so glad,
  Yet chose to fly.

I ask from where his courage stemmed?
  I've never flown;
Air-travel I have oft condemned,--
  Now I'm alone,
Yet somehow hold the bright belief
  God gave his brief.

So now I must live up to him
  Who won on high
A lustre time will never dim;
  Though coward I,
Let me revere till life be done
  My hero son.

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