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Frustration (2005)

for soprano, violins and piano

A poem by Dorothy Parker


If I had a shiny gun,
I could have a world of fun
Speeding bullets through the brains
Of the folk who give me pains;

Or had I some poison gas,
I could make the moments pass
Bumping off a number of
People whom I do not love.

But I have no lethal weapon-
Thus does Fate our pleasure step on!
So they still are quick and well
Who should be, by rights, in hell.

Soprano: Jennifer Arbogast

Violin: Meghan Hofer, Emily Roman

Cello: Curtis Green

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