Word of the Week: Truant

As in: “It happened I couldn’t find in all my books

more than a picture and a few words concerning

the trout lily, 


so I shut my eyes,

And let the darkness come in

and roll me back.

The old creek


began to sing in my ears

as it rolled along, like the hair of spring,

and the young girl I used to be

heard it also,


as she came swinging into the woods,

truant from everything as usual

except the clear globe of the day, and its

beautiful details.” (Oliver, 2004, p.12).


Oliver, M. (2004). Why I wake early. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

For definitions of truant, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.



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