Martian Time in Rhyme

Edited by Thomas Gangale


Copyright © 1966 by D. G. Compton
from Farewell Earth's Bliss

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.

Note: This rhyme adds up to 687 days, whereas there are actually 668.9 sols in a Martian year.

Time Out of Mind

Copyright © 2000 by Thomas Gangale

Long are the months starting with Gemini,
When thin paychecks maketh time our enemy.
That ill-omen'd month hath sixty-one sols.
It only gets worse as the year unfolds.

Sixty-five sols hath Virgo and Cancer,
Only these two months have the same answer.
But mighty Leo prowleth betwixt these
Devouring sixty-six sols if you please!

Libra's sixty sols bringeth more balance.
At our crimsoned ledgers we dare now glance.
For Scorpius, having but fifty-four,
Appeaseth the creditors at our door.

While fifty sols hath Sagittarius,
Only forty-six poor Aquarius.
Which can hardly be an object of scorn
To the forty-seven-sol'd Capricorn.

Forty-eight sols hath the month of Pisces
Past us by now are our fiscal crises.
Yet already see how fortune varies,
Fifty-one sols hath the month of Aries.

We much regret the passing of Taurus,
Whose length is the only fair one for us.
Fifty-six sols hath the year's final leaf.
Had the rest been it would have saved us grief.

I hope all of this you can remember,
For there's no September or December.
So please forgive this rather caustic rhyme,
But we're stuck on Mars where we can't tell time!

The Martian Calendar Song

Copyright © 2002 by Terry Phelan

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium
Into a new year we will fly
Beryllium, Boron, Carbon
On Mars we can leap high
Nitrogen, Oxygen, Fluorine
Breathe the first two out of three
Neon, Sodium, Magnesium
We'll green this rusty old ball, you'll see
Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus
O! The lot we share!
Sulfur, Chlorine, Argon
The trials we must bear!
Potassium, Calcium, Scandium
To all old friends be true
Titanium, Vanadium, Chromium
This year is nearly through

Terry Phelan's calendars are described in Elemental Martian Calendars.

The Vanadium Calendar

Copyright © 2002 by Terry Phelan

Should the Martian year end in double zero,
Two, four, six or eight,
Vanadium hath thirty days
To keep the calendar straight
But should the year end in single zero,
One, three, five, seven or nine,
Vanadium hath thirty-one;
All other months have twenty-nine.

Terry Phelan's calendars are described in Elemental Martian Calendars.


Copyright © 1997 by Tony Taylor

Fifty-five sols hath September,
April, June, and November;
Fifty-six have all the rest,
Including February, subject to test:
Fifty-six sols comprise the norm,
But each fifth rev, three more's the form.

Tony Taylor is an interplanetary navigator at JPL.


Copyright © 1959 by Kurt Vonnegut
from The Sirens of Titan

Thirty days have Salo, Niles, June, and September,
Winston, Chrono, Kazak, and November,
April, Rumfoord, Newport, and Infundibulum,
All the rest, baby mine, have thirty-one.