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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
69. Iron
 
 
GUNS,
Long, steel guns,
Pointed from the war ships
In the name of the war god.
Straight, shining, polished guns,        5
Clambered over with jackies in white blouses,
Glory of tan faces, tousled hair, white teeth,
Laughing lithe jackies in white blouses,
Sitting on the guns singing war songs, war chanties.
 
Shovels,        10
Broad, iron shovels,
Scooping out oblong vaults,
Loosening turf and leveling sod.
 
    I ask you
    To witness—        15
    The shovel is brother to the gun.
 

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