"In the living room the voice-clock sang, Tick-tock, seven o'clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o 'clock!as if it were afraid that nobody would. The morning house lay empty. The clock ticked on, repeating and repeating its sounds into the emptiness. Seven-nine, breakfast time, seven-nine!"
Mrs. McClellan's Poem
Mrs. McClellan, which poem would you likethis evening?
"The entire west face of the house was black, save for five places...Still farther over, their images burned on wood in one titanic instant, a small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up, the image of a thrown ball, andopposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down."
The House Is On Fire
Fire, fire, fire!
"The dog ran upstairs, hysterically yelping to each door, at last realizing, as the house realized, that only silence was here. The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire. It ran wildly in circles, biting at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died. It lay in the parlor for an hour."
Today Is August 5, 2026
"The voice said at last, "Since you express no preference, I shall select a poem at random." Quiet music rose to back the voice. "Sara Teasdale. As I recall, your favorite..."
"Now the fire lay in beds, stood in windows, changed the colors of drapes!"
"Smoke and silence. A great quantity of smoke. Dawn showed faintly in the east. Among the ruins, one wall stood alone. Within the wall, a lastvoice said, over and over again and again, even as the sun rose to shine upon the heaped rubble and steam."
Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is...