If I were to write a fairy tale, I might begin it with, “Once upon a time, there had been a small cottage in the wood. Now that erstwhile dwelling was home to nothing more than squirrels and the occasional truant child, passing by on a gorgeous summer day, and seeking the coolness of its covered porch rather than continuing on to the schoolyard.” Okay, that’s all a bit flowery for me. But then, a word like erstwhile practically begs for a flowery sentence. As you may know, or perhaps are now able to garner from that sentence, erstwhile means formerly, once, belonging to a prior time. While researching the word, I found this poem, Erstwhile Harbinger Auspices, which I found both lovely and odd.