Jason B. Ladd

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Farewell For Now to a Fighter

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Farewell for now to a fighter
His presence did grace
Throughout every clime
And in every place

From a special design
Was he breathed unto life
Whose words mended the broken
And cut like a knife

He came not with treaties
Nor flags to lay down
But with double-edged sword
Risen o’er his crown

Mors ex Tenebris
His motto lay claim
To the vacant position
Where evil once lay

From darkness and shadows
Death waits for us all
In a groaning creation
Still marred by the fall

But it wasn’t once so
And it won’t be again
For as then it was good
So it is in the end

The Heavens were stretched
To the warrior’s delight
And with grey-winged chariots
O’er water they fight

His eyes n’er rest upon
Ribbons or fame
And his treasures are stored
Where no thief can lay claim

His kin cannot follow
They must stay behind
As he hardens his body
And strengthens his mind

But the bandit gives chase
And strikes at his heel
Whilst brother fights brother
And steel sharpens steel

His frame he contorts
To keep sight of the foe
Blood seeps from his brow
For the weeping below

He gave up his spirit
And the veil’s top he tore
While losing the battle
But winning the war

Tho’ death from the darkness
And shadows doth wait
It’s defeated inside
Of the Heavenly gate

So farewell for now to a fighter
His time here is never enough
His beloved will long for his presence
His children will have to be tough

His legacy will be remembered
For love was the reason he came
And we’ll meet in a glorious hereafter
In a world with no tears and no pain

In memory of Marine Captain Reid Nannen, a fellow Bat. May your family find comfort in knowing that this is not the end.

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Photos Courtesy of Satoshi Hirokawa

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

9 Replies

  1. Elaine

    Beautiful poem. RIP Captain Reid Nannen. Prayers being raised for his family, friends and fellow Marines. Semper fi.

  2. Susan Irene Fox

    Beautiful and fitting, Jason. Praying for his family.

  3. A beautiful tribute. Oorah! Praying that his family and friends would be comforted.

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Rene.

  4. May He rest in peace

  5. 242 IYAOYAS BOB

    Mors ex Tenebris