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Gifts 

©2000 Andrew Calhoun, unrecorded 

Mom bought sister a silver flute 
In a thin black case, with silver buckles 
With monogrammed initials to boot 
And sister practiced the curve of her knuckles 
For scale upon scale, in her new band suit 

Dad came home with a basset hound 
He gave to brother to train and love 
With marching orders to drag him around 
On a leather leash, with a chain and a glove 
It was "come," "sit," "stay," and "heel," and "down." 

Our star's ablaze and that's not all 
It's fury and faith in a golden ball 
It's home and hearth in a flowing gown 
Rise and follow the world around 

You gave me a stone to keep 
Its pale veins form a double wreath 
To guard my bedside as I sleep 
With a book for dreams, and a bookmark leaf 
You gave me a stone to keep