12/7/2000:

SAT-Practice Word of the Day: nefarious
Intermediate Word of the Day: coulee
Difficult Word of the Day: atavar

            SISTER ANNE, SISTER ANNE

Believe it or not, I found some bones in a basket
Hidden under the stair.
I haven't quite dared to ask where they might have come from
But I never forget they are there.

Sometimes at night I listen and think I hear them
Jostling among themselves.
It is only a mouse, I know, on her dreary errands,
Prying about the shelves.

Only a mouseóbut I lie awake and shiver,
Hearing that odd, dry stir,
Thinking that maybe the bones downstairs grow restless
And wondering whose they were.