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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Features

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Unleash the Mind

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Books, Arts & Manners

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A Knight to Remember

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Country Life

Flash of Light

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Politics & Policy

Green Shift

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Politics & Policy

The Obama Failure

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Sections

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’

The media conventions are pretty much chiseled in concrete by now. If a guy guns down large numbers of people while shouting “Allahu akbar!” don’t worry, it’s a one-off, part ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ They’ll stop at nothing, those Republicans — even quoting the president’s words. ‐ At the moment, the Obama campaign’s major message appears to be that Mitt Romney is an outsourcer ...
Athwart

Funeral Audit

Wandered through a few European museums last month. You find yourself looking at the 435th Annunciation, this time by Giovanni Battisti Garbonzo DiLavatrini, and the eyes start to glaze. If ...

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Politics & Policy

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Culture

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Regulatory Policy

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Regulatory Policy

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U.S.

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U.S.

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