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Ad Vivos

I, once a man, now safe in dust and slumber,
       Did watch, as thou, the days die one by one,
And thought__nor ceased to think__how few they number,
             Till they were gone__
             Till they were done.
As thou dost look, I looked with awe and yearning
       to skies of stars, to skies filled with suns
For trace of gods; and all light there burning
             I found but one__
             Found only One.
Then turned I earthward, heart aflame with longing,
       to men and wives, to folk of joy and dole,
             __Godlike with love
             And part of One
             The human soul__
             The moral soul__
             The selfless soul.
___Kate Stephens
Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
pages 34-35
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
August 11, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas /

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