2011-07-16

villanelle: Fix the seasons

Introduction: We are no longer an agrarian society, We no longer need organize our activities according to astronomical events. Who even notices whether we have a full moon? Who cares whether today is the winter solstice? Every year, winter should start on January 1. Even as a child I noticed that my relatives had trouble agreeing about what year in which a certain winter-time event had occurred. For example, Father would say, "Remember when Aunt Sarah started that riot back in the winter of 1938?" Mother automatically retaliated, "Idiot! That happened in the winter of 1937." Instead of being a good son, I ran and hid to avoid the current riot. A good son would have said, "Mother, Father, do not fight. Recall the month to find who's right. Whether Aunt Sarah rioted after December 21, 1937; or before March 21, 1938; she did so in the winter of 1938 because most days of that winter occurred in 1938."

villanelle: Fix the seasons

All winters confuse us by overlapping their preceding years.
"Remember the winter of '73, when Sarah started her calendar riot?"
What demon schemed this? Find him! Bind him! Box his ears!

"Are you are an idiot? Winter of '72 is when those fights took place.
The winter of '72 started in December of that year, did it not?"
All winters confuse us by overlapping their preceding years.

"No. Only ten winter days were in '72. It's as plain as your grumpy face!
The winter of '73 lasted to March 21. The 'Winter of '72' is a fascist plot."
What demon schemed this? Find him! Bind him! Box his ears!

We must end all this solstice silliness. To delay this there is no case.
Start each season, including winter, on the first of its first month, on the dot.
All winters confuse us by overlapping their preceding years.

Let each autumn kill its year with ten cold days. Solstice is just disgrace.
Also equinoxes need we not; Lunar phases we've already forgot.
What demon schemed this? Find him! Bind him! Box his ears!

Celebrate your solstice privately. Else, Sarah might again swing her mace.
Fix the seasons before next winter. Pragmatism is the reason, sanity the ticket.
All winters confuse us by overlapping their preceding years.
What demon schemed this? Find him! Bind him! Box his ears!

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