“Casimir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens

Goldenrod and the 4H stone
The things I brought you when I found out
You had cancer of the bone

Your father cried on the telephone
And he drove his car into the Navy yard
Just to prove that he was sorry

But nothing ever happens

I remember at Michael’s house
In the living room when you kissed my neck
And I almost touched your blouse

In the morning at the top of the stairs
When your father found out what we did that night
And you told me you were scared

Sunday night when I cleaned the house
I found the card where you wrote it out
With the pictures of your mother

On the floor at the great divide, with my shirt tucked in and my shoes untied, I am crying in the bathroom

Why is Sufjan Stevens’ song about the death of his friend from cancer named after a holiday celebrating a military hero?



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