excerpt from

Farewell Earth's Bliss

by D. G. Compton

1966

edited by Thomas Gangale

from Chapter 1:

Fifty-seven days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have fifty-eight,
Save poor February's fate,
Having fifty-three days clear,
And fifty-two in each Leap Year.


Nobody on board had any real idea how the people in the settlement would have organised their six-hundred-and-eighty-seven-day year.