A wave in the water. The word opens, shape for knowing at edges, darker fields, trouble: a wave in the water. The word waits long to shatter on silence, prove, prove that falling is a wave. In the water, the word opens, shape for knowing.
Could be the sun, if it ever was. Darkening sky, darker shapes not shadows but clouds shapes only you can see— smoke from a fire, that dream about your mother.
Could be the thing at the back of your eye upside down until the brain turns it around—
trees walking on their leaves, wearing their roots like hair.
Could be the thought you forgot then remembered later after everyone had gone.
In the daytime it’d be different. Everything white and fluffy. The sky blue.
Still the half-formed shape, the real beneath.
Study war no more
Mar 18, 2011
Michael Izbicki grew up in a nondenominational church in California. A National Merit Scholarship finalist, he chose to go to the U.S. Naval Academy out of a sense of duty to his country during a time of war. At the naval academy he began to doubt whether the career to which he had committed himself could be squared with the tenets of just war doctrine. He got in trouble when he responded no to this exam question: "If given the order, would you launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead?" After a four-year legal battle, the navy discharged him as a conscientious objector. Izbicki may have to reimburse the service for part or all of his education (New York Times, February 22).