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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Vigil
By Wade Oliver
 
MY fathers’ bones lie buried deep
  In ribbed rock and shifting sea,
And yet my fathers vigil keep
  Above the sentience that is me.
 
Along my brain’s white commisures        5
  Their lives, a subtle lightning, play,
Lighting the dusk in which endures
  The psychic something that was they.
 
Within my farthest consciousness
  The lightnings flash; electrons move,        10
And sweep from unformed lifelessness
  To life which bids me hate and love.
 
 
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