Phyllis read this poem by Bob, written about 1940 or so, when he was at U.Va. This was written when he was both editor and contributor to the poetry journal published by students at U.Va.
“Argument in Favor of the Elegant Gesture”
We shun the “show of things”
Too much, desiring to be “deep”
It takes a stronger man to walk awake
Than in a mystic sleep.
THUS: when a man is doomed
He should not cry to heaven ‘Why?”
But carefully brush his coat
And so go out to die.