I learned a new word today. That is not unusual, I daily check the word-of-the-day from two online dictionaries, but today’s word in the Oxford Dictionaries seemed rather special.
• A poem or piece of music appropriate to the dawn or early morning.
Origin: late 17th century: from French, from Spanish albada, from alba ‘dawn’.
What would be appropriate for today’s dawn? Here in St. Louis, we have a layer of ice from freezing rain on everything. There is sleet coming down now. The weather report has changed our status from heavy snow to “Blizzard Warning,” with possible white-out conditions in wind gusts up to 50 MPH. Depending on which weather conditions pass over, anywhere from 8 to 24 inches of snow will fall, prompting drifts up to 5 feet deep. Oh yeah, they also say this storm could spawn tornadoes.
How could one not take this challenge?
by Mike Patrick
The dawn hath surely broke,
Though just a dim light shows,
O’er sounds of howling winds
And swirl of blowing snows.
The power lines have failed us;
Phone lines are broken too,
Our nearest friend is twenty miles,
Oh, God, what shall we do?
No fire or hearth adorns this house
And the quilts are worn and thin.
Around the doors and windows
A bitter wind is blowing in.
The dogs are curled in tiny balls
On the floor next to our feet.
And glad we are to have them
With their tiny source of heat.
Tomorrow’s dawn will find us here,
But in what shape, I do not know.
I know I’d be much happier
If never I saw this snow.