On lines near maple’s blaze I pin our flowered sheets. Spilled gold speaks, crisp, under my feet. Above: bare branches, birdsong, blue.
Today in your streets our blasts of heavy metal boom, drown out all calls: to arms, to prayer. And I am so ashamed. Brave Sister,
Are you still standing, hanging out white linen, black robe, putting on the line what is clean, lifting it into whatever sun shines there today?
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).