1/23/2000: 

SAT-Practice Word of the Day:
illicit
Intermediate Word of the Day: anent
Difficult Word of the Day: exurb

               ON THE BEACH

As soon as we cross the road, the water is there,
Breaking against the dunes with a friendly sound.
The grey gull tips his wings in the salty air
And the sea oats bow with wind but hold their ground.

As long as we stand and watch, the waves come in,
Flinging their bits of shell on the sand to dry,
Then back to the sea and back to shore again,
Urged by a hidden moon in the August sky.

But we sometimes have doubts of their permanence.
We are never completely sure they are there to stay.
There are things that have no tense but the present tense
And the minute you turn your back they go away.

        --"Window to the South."
                  Vivian Smallwood