12/18/2000:

SAT-Practice Word of the Day: misanthrope
Intermediate Word of the Day: petitio principii
Difficult Word of the Day: phlyctena

            THE FIRST CRICKET

Listen and you will hear him, over and over and over,
The wandering child of the shadows, crying against the frost,
Tossing on leaves of darkness, drowing in seas of clover,
Telling it over and over, "All's lost", and "All's lost".

Oh desolate creature of midnight, my friend and my brother,
Born to a useless foreknowledge that summer will pass,
Doomed to a witless foretelling, lost in a smother
Of darkness, a tangle of moonlight, a surge of grass.