Possibilities – a poem by Kate Rauner

Update: It’s happening again! Dec 31, 2016 gains a leap second.

More timeLeap second
Is what I need.
More time,
I must concede.
Time to improve,
To contemplate,
To exercise
And lose some weight.
Read more books,
And not forget
A simple pleasure,
Watch sunsets.
Get more sleep,
Smell the roses,
Arrive at closure.
Never speed,
Calmly queue,
And cook more, too.
Visit family,
Hang with friends,
Catch up at work.
I’ve socks to mend.
Twice a decade,
There about,
There is a year
With extra clout.
In twenty fifteen
I must reckon
How best to use
My leap second.

It’s time to start planning. Horologists – experts on measuring time – will add one second to June 30, 2015.
“It’s the 26th time this has happened since atomic clocks started governing our time. The extra second will be tacked on to the final minute of June 30. On that day, the official atomic clocks that keep Universal Coordinated Time will mark the time as 23h 59m 59s, followed by the leap second 23h 59m 60s. July 1 will continue as usual, beginning with 0h 0m 0s.” LATimes.com

For 2016, see here and many other outlets.

We must do things like this because the universe refuses to conform to our notions of perfection – circles, constant rates, stable axes, Platonic shapes. Dratted universe.

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