1/8/2001:

SAT-Practice Word of the Day: jocular
Intermediate Word of the Day: banquette
Difficult Word of the Day: batten

THE SPIDER WEB

Heavy with stars, beset by winds of space,
Worn by vast time and torn by strange debris,
The web of night swings freely in its place
Between the gateposts of eternity.
And not so wide and not so far away,
Complete with epic ages, good and ill,
Another universe will swing by day
Between the pines tree and the window sill.

What lies beyond swift Mercury and Mars
I cannot guess. I am not even sure
What loves and hates, what cataclysmic wars,
What tenuous peace occur in miniature
On watery, bright worlds that hang at dawn
Above a green infinity of lawn.