Poetry of Kansas
 

December 7th.

TO CAPTAIN MARCUS D. TENNEY.
 
MY Captain, when the mighty whirl returns
     This day, marked red on that dire calendar
     When Freedom's flag refused to drop a star,
I tread again the vale___again it burns
     With battle's fire. Your voice as made for war___
Outsounding bugles___wheels the grimy guns,
And from their thunderous mouths the lightning runs;
     The smoke hides all, through which anear and far
Flash demon eyes. The shout of onset thrills
Hero and coward. Life and death___God's mills
     That grind souls fine___with dread machinery
Struggle together; both combat the sun;
The darkness falls; the day of glory's done___
     And Death doth shock the night with victory.

__A. A. B. Cavaness.

 

Poems by Two Brothers
A. A. B. Cavaness & J. M. Cavaness
(Chetopa: J. M. Cavaness and Son. 1896)
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