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What a terrible racket they made

beating all those swords into plowshares

people were deafened world-wide letters

of protest as well as serious essays

pointing out in the sensible way

of ordinary people we no longer

use plowshares swords have been

for generations the playthings

of boys and men

now the government that year happened

to be a poet it explained

in a kindly way citizens we had

in mind a living performing metaphor

using familiar religious themes and

literary memories of course once we

get those useless plowshares there

may be a couple of economic or

industrial uses we will even be able

to beat them back into swords should

swords still be required by boys and men

GRACE PALEY

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