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TWICE A YEAR

Twice in every passing year,

Man becomes acutely aware,

That time, which always passes away,

Has brought an unusual day.

 

One is the eve of a new year

More forcibly pressing as it draws near,

Twenty-nine – thirty – now thirty-one

December’s gone; January begun.

 

The other point in every year

The day upon which alertness is clear

Is the day he commemorates his birth

A milestone, marking his passage on earth.

          – eab, 2/10/05

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