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Monday, June 8, 2015

summer solstice

Carpe Diem Time Glass #30 summer solstice

source: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year.  Well, not really the longest day as all days are 24 hours, give or take a few seconds.  It is just the day of the year with the most possible hours of sunlight.  It varies by less than 30 seconds from the preceding or following days.  Did the Druids get all concerned about seconds.  Was each day divided into the amount of sunrays emitting through a given hole?  Were workers 'docked' pay or given citations should there be two rays instead of 1.5 rays showing on the lines on the wall or stone?  Obviously time mattered to humans as we developed sundials some as early as 5000 BC (BCE).

Now in 2015 time does not matter, it rules.  At the pool, parents impatiently check their watches as the doors are still closed, 5 minutes late.  Four hours have been spent timing each stroke of the 5 and 6 years old through teen-aged children.  One grandma exclaims in delight to the granddaughter who has cut several seconds off her time.  As the child walks away the same grandma notes under her breath, '.. and it only took five thousand dollars of coaching to trim the seconds'.  For a few seconds

tick .. tock
a pinhole light slowly swings
across the sky

©  Janice Adcock
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