Iowa Writes

Safety Pins

They come from the training camps, row after row.
Safety is their name, but holes are their trade,
                                    and holding.
They will hold forever, if necessary,
while tears widen around them,
until metal glints from some obscure corner,
and there they lie in their rust, empty helmets
safely pinning ruin together.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Nancy Price divides her years between Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Kissimmee, Florida. The author of eight novels, she has also published stories and poems in numerous journals.  Of "Safety Pins," which first appeared in the Spring 1970 issue of Kayak, she writes, "I am sad to say how contemporary it seems. Our soldiers still march in the name of safety, but holes are their trade, and holding. Tears widen around them. The empty helmets of our lost young men and women pin ruin together."

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