Daylight Savings

The Dark gets up earlier these days.

In just over a month they’ll pull that amazing accomplishment that certain humans choose to do — moving that enormous ball of fire in the sky an hour’s worth backwards through time — thus turning late afternoon into night.

Well, actually it’s really just a parlour trick using clocks. It’s as reliant on fooling the eye as that illusion they conjure up over cocktails and electronics: the one about the planet Mercury going retrograde. You have to hop off Einstein’s train and bring out the smoke and mirrors to pull off this chicanery.

While the whole time-clock ping-pong doesn’t make any sense to him, he sure does like the reverse end of the ruse — when they do the presto-chango in the opposite direction early the following year, providing the daily stage with an hour more of light.

When that extra light comes around it is much like the season attached to it, suggesting to him that he was going to get a fresh chance at some Undefined Something.


© AleXander Hirka 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Heliocentric Redux 2019
Heliocentric. October 2018 writing project — one short sketch a day, under 250 words each, circling like a planet around The Sun.

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe.

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