University of Chicago Daily Maroon, 15 Feb 1929 By TVD
Remember when I first met you?
And you spoke....
Shatt'ring the deadened silence
With the living golden flame
Of soft voiced words
Do you remember?
Or was I merely am amusement...
for a moment?
Remember that moonlit sidewalk
Where you smiled
Wherein I passed rigid and unafraid
And you called "Van!"
And I trembled where I stood,
Aye! Trembled like a child
The soldier, the drifter,
Trembled at a word!
And then....was it later
'Neath the cathedral sweep of Ilini hall
You told me to go....
Was it a pastime...or do you remember?
I....I...I hope that you remember
It is all that I have!
It's so strange to see father writing a poem to mother, who used the name they would give me, Mary, as her pseudonym.
I followed them to University of Chicago, and I walked those same streets and through those same buildings. I, too,
looked at the moon rising over Rockefellar Chapel, and fell in love there.