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The Table

The Table

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Published by William E. Spear
A simple table with settings for six awaits its guests. But who are the guests and will they come? More importantly, can they come?
A simple table with settings for six awaits its guests. But who are the guests and will they come? More importantly, can they come?

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Published by: William E. Spear on Aug 12, 2009
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THE TABLEByWilliam E. SpearTwo Plus Plus Productions LLCClinton, New Jerseywww.TwoPlusPlus.comTwo.Plus.Plus.Productions@gmail.com
The TablePage iSummaryA simple table with settings for six awaits its guests. Butwho are the guests and will they come? Perhaps, moreimportantly, can they come?Characters (in Order of Speaking)Narrator:Begins each verse with There is atable, Which is set, . . .” and setsdirection for the Voices.Army Voice:Describes the locations of the table indining rooms, dining cars, and diners.Marine Corps Voice:Tells of the table’s circular shape assignifying an unending desire to knowand believe.Navy Voice:Speaks of the missing guestspurity toact, protect, and engage.Air Force Voice:“The rose, surrounded by barbed thorns,is symbolic of each guest.”Coast Guard Voice:Tells of the bitter fates of the absentguests and tears wept by theirfamilies, and friends.Civilian Voice:Laments of an empty champagne glasswhich “will never sparkle without thebrilliance of our guests.”ThemeThe Table, which is drawn from the Missing Man Table andHonors ceremony, is offered as a monument to reflect uponthe men and women who have “served the nation in a specialand now unending way.” For more information, please browseto the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/ .StructureThe description of the table and guests is built through a“call and response” format. The Narrator begins with “Thereis a table, Which is set, . . .” and, in separate verses,the Voices of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force,Coast Guard, and a Civilian respond.
The TablePage 1
Beat 1)
Set for six
1NARRATOR:There is a table2Which is set3Wherever people congregate.4ARMY VOICE:From upscale restaurants5To downtown soup kitchens.6From dining rooms7To dining cars8To diners.9Invitations have been sent to six guests10And their comrades of many thousands more.11
Beat 2)
Needing to believe
12NARRATOR:There is a table13Which is set14With circular proportions.15MARINE CORPS VOICE:It signifies our intent16And unending desire,17To know18To understand19And believe,20That our missing guests21Will someday be present.22

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