12/28/2000:

SAT-Practice Word of the Day: ebullient
Intermediate Word of the Day: balalaika
Difficult Word of the Day: baklava
 

       BIRDS IN SPRINGTIME

How could we manage without the birds?
How could we know that spring had come
If suddenly, all the hills were dumb
And nothing stirred on the ragged lawn
     But a leaf that the wind had brushed?

Suppose that the bluejay made no noise
When the kitten stalked through the flower-bed
And the green snake lifted his narrow head,
Suppose that the sparrow slept through dawn
     And the mockingbird were hushed.

How could we hope for winter to leave
Without a robin to tug his sleeve,
Or look for summer to build her nest
Without the down of a robin's breast?
Think of an April with never a wing--
How could we ever be sure of spring?

        --"Window to the South."
                  Vivian Smallwood