Pontificating to the very last, I speak my feeble voice to the void, Caught by the lure Abba-Mater has cast.
Though wise ones shun a loud iconoclast, Titanic times demand one must be heard, Pontificating to the very last.
The time for kissing rings of power is past, Emoluments I sought I now avoid, Caught by the lure Abba-Mater has cast.
I am gill-caught, like Peter, in a net, And I’ve betrayed, and wept, whimpering guilt, And still pontificated to the last.
Jahweh has set sheer longing in the soul, Nostalgia’s gravity, pure restlessness, Dangling the lure Mater-Abba has cast.
The requiem the mighty Mozart sought Is always there, not here; and for this while, Pontificating to the very last, I take the lure Mater-Abba has cast.
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).