12/27/2000:

SAT-Practice Word of the Day: iconoclastic
Intermediate Word of the Day: adumbrate
Difficult Word of the Day: daedal
 

WHAT STRANGE NEW GRIEF?
 

I have not learned the speech of birds.
Nor can they fashion into words
Whatever panic brings them here.
The air is busy with their fear,
The sky is heavy with their wings,
But what the danger is that stings
Their tiny throats to sudden fright?
What peril sets their wings in flight,
I cannot guess. The evil walks
Among the dry and broken stalks
Of last year's weeds. The birds beseech,
But I have never learned their speech
And I can only share their fear....
What strange new grief awaits me here?

        --"Window to the South."
                  Vivian Smallwood