When it touches you, you will keep still, in spite of black flies hovering— fiercely itching, lumpish red spots to come— feeling the day lighten, half-laughing at yourself, you look so silly
with a butterfly on your arm. Flawless wings open—orange, deep-brown— and close to make one dead leaf, on each side a tiny silver sickle, moonsliver, which gives it the name,
Comma. Knobbed antennas in front like turned-around exclamation marks. Meaning, in the Beginning, when butterflies were made, for the first time the Word needed a speck of punctuation.
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).