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Friendly Fire VIII: A Box Comes Home

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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.

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