The War Effort

In 1942 jhowardmiller, illustrator,

found Geraldine Doyle

on a B-2 bomber assembly line,

put her on a propaganda poster

for the War Production Board

that read, “We can do it!”,

scarf knotted behind her head,

sleeves rolled up manly arms,

eyes hard with a killer’s wish,

and she became known in history

as “Rosie The Riveter.”

 

In 1970 during the Vietnam War

I stood next to a young woman

known in protest marches

as Sister Morningstar,

a flower girl in angel white robe,

peace lilies in her hair,

pumping high a cardboard sign,

shouting “We can do what?

WHAT?”

 

 

 

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