IN THE HEYDAYS OF HIS EYES
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An Anthology of Poetry about Being Young and Growing Up
 
 
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A SECOND-HAND ELEGY
for Douglas Dickey, Pfc. U. S. M. C.°

Michael Anania

"How can I be bitter?" the fence-rows rolling with the land; the last full measure of Ohio measured by fence-rows compressing, though parallel above receding hills, the mixed hues of damp Spring greenery. "I never knew him to be angry or afraid." that is, assured of a providence moving within the accidental turnings of his life, he moved with certainty among the farmyard's familiar disorders and occasionally outward toward Dayton. "He glanced for an instant at his friends-- for only an instant--and then he jumped." riding through Dayton on Saturday night making the rounds, block by block, the car radio marking time-- Downtown Downtown-- the evening blush of neon blooming into damp city air, the blue clarity of mercury-lamp arcades; four of them slouched in a Chevrolet exhaust the evening, waiting for something to happen. °In April of 1968 Douglas Dickey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for throwing himself on a hand grenade during an engagement with the enemy in Viet Nam.

 
 
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