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Published on Jun 15, 2013
Performed at Longy School of Music on April 21, 2013
Christopher Krueger, flute Robert Annis, clarinet Jason Snider, horn Michael Martin, trumpet Craig McNutt, percussion Christopher Oldfather, piano Catherine French, violin Anne Black, viola Joel Moerschel, cello Susan Hagen, bass Charles Blandy, tenor David Hoose, conductor
John Ciardi. words Rodney Lister, music
A Box Comes Home by John Ciardi
I remember the United State of America As a flag-draped box with Arthur in it and six marines to bear it one their shoulders.
I wonder how someone once came to remember The Empire of the East and the Empire of the West. As an urn maybe delivered by chariot.
You could bring Germany back on a shield once And France in a plume. England, I suppose, Kept coming back a long time as a letter.
Once I saw Arthur dressed as the United States Of America. Now I see the United States Of America as Arthur in a flag-sealed domino.
And I would pray more good of Arthur Than I can wholly believe. I would pray An agreement with the United States of America
To equal Arthur's living as it equals his dying At the red-taped grave in Woodmere By the rain and oak leaves on the domino.