skipping days

The Gregorian calendar was proposed
to account for a miscalculation in the Julian calendar
of the time between the vernal equinoxes—
which became an issue for the church
because of some ecclesiastically fixed dates—
like Easter, for example, tied to the spring equinox.

So the Gregorian calendar was instituted
by skipping ten days to get the right timing back!
But as it was instituted by a papal decree
issued by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582,
Protestant countries did not immediately accept it.
In fact, Britain and the British Empire (including the “colonies”)
did not accept it until 1752,
by which time more than ten days had to be skipped,
and so it was that in 1752,
September 1 was followed by September 14!

Appropriate way to begin a calendar
that among other things,
changed the way leap years were figured!

So may you know the truth
of time that skips
and runs,
that confounds the clock,
and confronts us with the reality of losing time
and finding it again,
and the truth of time
which is more than can be measured.

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