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On this day in 1582, 5th October never happened. Under the urging of the Catholic Church, much of Europe replaced the Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar. The switch required the ten days after October 4th to be skipped. People panicked, thinking the government was robbing them of part of their lives. It was all to do with Leap Years which people found hard to understand (as I do today).
Life was simpler then and people struggled to separate the concepts of measuring time (the calendar) and time itself (you’ll die when you die, regardless of how the church names that day.
Today’s poem is called ‘It Never Happened’ by perhaps appropriately, Anon:
I heard a call
A call definitely not for me
but yes, still i knew it was for me
I ran so fast
I climbed all steps
N reached the top
From top I looked down
N then, I saw YOU
You too were there
Standing on the gates
Looking up at once
That made me hide at once
N never did we meet again
You came daily to the gates
I ran and climbed daily upstairs
I saw you
N you couldn’t see me
That is how, it ought never to happen…
Today I ask that I will make the best possible use of the time that I have to live.