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Brooks, Dudley; Commons, Rachel; Dummer, Frances (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XX, Number 1 (October 1920)

Merrill, Taylor
Memorial Day 1920,   pp. 14-15


Page 14

WISCONSIN LITERARY MAGAZINE
Memorial Day 1920
Out of the hot breath of white noons
The phantoms of our soldiering days
Re-shimmer on the reeling dunes,
And column after column sways
Across the plain and wheels and turns,
And some old spark, re-kindled, burns.
In the long, lonely dusks of doubt
The echo of a bugle ghost
Comes wistfully as taps ring out
To conjure up deep nights on post
And still, slow dreams that used to creep
With sentries through a camp asleep.
The dreams stir, endless, on, perhaps,
Beneath the fields run richly red
Where those who heard the final taps
Make peaceful bivouac with the dead.
And we-we must not lose the grip
Of their eternal comradeship.
TAYLOR MERRILL.
October, 1920


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