Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
I have no words today. My heart is broken.
Lex, you provided an ear and a shoulder - and more importantly hope and light - in a desperately dark time in my life. And now you're gone and we are poorer for it. The world is poorer for it.
I am so glad you were doing something you loved to do rather than sitting in a cube. And I am blessed to be able to call you my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your friends. My grief is overwhelming...I cannot imagine theirs.
I will miss you.
Other posts: (to be updated as they come in)
The Wood Shed
The Sand Gram
Bill at the Castle
John at the Castle
BJ Armstrong at USNI
McQ at Blackfive
Subsunk at Blackfive
Chuck at TC Override
Lex's opinion pieces at Military.com
Doc in the Box
Pete Daly at USNI
FbL at The Castle
Far East Cynic
Ace of Spades
The Thunder Run
Matt Gallagher at TIME
Just Barking Mad
The Gun Line
Mausers and Muffins
Bring the Heat, Bring the Stupid
Sharon at The Hokey Pokey