(Included in the volume THREE SHORT PLAYS BY ARCHIBALD MACLEISH)
THE STORY: In a small town people are busy and happy at work and play. The women chatter and gossip and sing; the lovers murmur; the children shout in play. But they are warned of a possible attack. The sound of an enemy plane cuts through the air. Planes circle over the town, nearer and nearer. As the women rush into the square, the attack is launched. The climax is tremendously moving.
The poet has combined lyric poetry, superb drama, and a strange, moving quality of terseness into an original and powerful preachment on modern warfare.