Simple Thoughts on Aggie Muster

Simple Thoughts on Aggie Muster

Written on Muster’s Eve April 20th 2013 the year of the birth of my daughter

Softly call the Muster, gently call the Roll.
Another year is passing, time will take her toll.
My family is remembered, as I’ll be remembered too.
Remember me my brethren; I am remembering you.

Softly call the Muster, gently call the Roll, a century of thoughts and prayers, lifted once a year.
I know them not, I’ve never met, we are connected still.
Each year on Aggie Muster, my mind with thoughts will fill.
I never go, they do not know, they never see I do.
But decades hence when I have passed, they shall remember too.
It leaves me feeling sad and bright, emotions flowing free.
Remembrance celebrated, tears and hope I see.
Softly Call the Muster, Gently Call the Roll, tomorrow comes the rising sun, and memories held dear.

Muster always chokes me up, to the very verge of tears. Reminds that time goes marching on and lessens mortal fears.

When asked by those who do not know what Muster is I’ve said, “it is the day that every year We Call the Roll of Absent Friends and Celebrate our Dead”.

That does not hardly even touch its awesome thrilling hold for me. Does not show the chills I feel. Or show the peace that makes it real. To know on us when once we die, on far flung future minds we’ll lie.

This much this year I know and when, tomorrow, as all years before, just whisper of these words alone will choke me up again:

“Softly call the Muster, gently call the Roll.
Another year is passing, time will take her toll.
My family is remembered, as I’ll be remembered too.
Remember me my brethren; I am remembering you.”

by
Neal M. Dikeman, Class of ‘98

for
Gwendolyn Piper Dikeman, Class of ‘2035
Dr. Rebecca Dikeman Turney, Class of ‘01
Dr. Matthew M. Dikeman, Jr. Class of ‘68
In remembrance of
Matthew M. Dikeman, Sr., Class of ’36 (Aggie Muster April 21st 1986)
All those I do not know who Muster this year, and those for 130 years before.

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