[GVCP] Poem that captures the Plowshares moment

October 26, 2019
Dear GVCP Member,

On Thursday, October 24th, the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 were found guilty on all counts.  
(Below is a reminder of how to donate to support the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.)

Marion B Maxson is GVCP’s Poet Laureate.  The prophetic poem, published in 2005, directly speaks to why the Plowshares 7 did what they did.


Arnie Matlin for GVCP

War and Peace


Marion B. Maxson
At the Civil War Museum in Gettysburg

Hundreds of guns stand silent now
Safely on view in glass cases
A young man passes by, transfixed.
“I’d like to get my hands on one of those,” he says.
On another wall there’s a life-sized picture taken so long ago
Of twenty young men his age.
They look out at me . . . so young, so vulnerable, so peaceful
Yet with the same youthful pride that young man has.
Each one stands beside his gun.
Their eyes seem to say, “It’s been almost 150 years
And you’re still sending kids off to war.
Can’t you find a better way?
Will peace ever come?”
When will we ever turn our swords into plowshares?
Till mothers’ and babies’ and sweethearts’ tears
Water the earth to make it ready?
All I seem to have today is my tears.
Take up and use them
To help
To begin
To water the earth
To ready it for plowshares.

©2005 Marion B. Maxson

Supporting this profound sacrifice by these seven requires generosity. Your support of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 will help cover the ongoing costs surrounding this trial and social change effort. You can give at our GoFundMe site:


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