Magazine August 13, 2012, Issue

Poetry

IMAGINE THE UNFALLEN

If this old fallen world can look so great,

If even fallen birds can have such state

They land their narrow fingers on a tree,

And make a stem a stage to sing a glee

Of unrestricted wild tempestuous notes,

Crying command and all command connotes

To this unvarnished helter-skelter earth,

If robins gather trash to spin a berth

For holding open wide the maws of chicks

That squawk for breakfast, just a sodden mix

Of worms and insect tenderloin, and then

(Barely with time to feather up by when

They get their cue, their mother’s push and shove),

They land upright and strut with wondering love

Upon the moisture-laden April ground,

Dispensing prodigal melodious sound –

They give — but never poor, not once crestfallen –

Thus so our world — imagine the unfallen.

In This Issue

Articles

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Calling Cal

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Politics & Policy

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Features

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Unleash the Mind

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Books, Arts & Manners

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Green Shift

This review should begin with a confession: I badly underestimated Roger Scruton. When I heard two years ago that Scruton was coming to the American Enterprise Institute to write a book ...
Politics & Policy

The Obama Failure

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Politics & Policy

A Knight to Remember

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Country Life

Flash of Light

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Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Athwart

Funeral Audit

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

IMAGINE THE UNFALLEN If this old fallen world can look so great, If even fallen birds can have such state They land their narrow fingers on a tree, And make a stem a stage ...
Happy Warrior

In Search of ‘Why’

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Film & TV

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Film & TV

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Health Care

‘Reconsidering Fetal Pain’

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White House

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White House

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