Saturday, October 10, 2009

Calculating Feelings... (Poem)

Calculating Feelings by the Sun and the Moon

These are the facts, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory's Astronomical Applications Department.

On June 21,
the sun rises at 5:43 a.m. EDT
and sets at 8:37 p.m. EDT.

It is the longest day of the year,
and I miss you.

the moon will rise at 5:10 a.m. EDT

And a half-hour and 3 minutes later,
the sun will take its place.

Technically, that day
will be as long as the day before

Until the day after,
when, on June 23, we will
have one minute less of light.

But I will miss you all the same
and for just as long.

Exactly six months from now
time will have fallen back already.

That day will be the shortest yet.
It will be December 21 and

The sun will rise at 7:23 a.m. EST
and set at 4:50 p.m. EST.

between the Summer
and Winter solstices

How I feel about you
will not be measured off

In seconds minutes or hours,
by Eastern Daylight
or Standard intervals.

This will always be so.

Copyright 2009 Maureen E. Doallas. All Rights Reserved.


Glynn said...

Time is one of the most fascinating things to think about -- and how all human life changed once clocks were invented. so now we can measure time down to the parts per trillion -- but there's still the human heart.

Ned said...

It seems like all I do is fight time. We don't get it back. Would we really do it differently if we could reverse time? Do we just pretend to be that strong? I use to take comfort in the created warmth manufactured to fight the darkened days, but as I get older I find myself-once again-frightened of the the dark.