The ancient Egyptians
Were having conniptions
Because of the floods of the Nile.
They had no way to know
When it might overflow
(Which it does every once in a while.)
- When the flooding did stop
- They would plant every crop
- In the hopes there would be time to reap.
- For they harvested manually,
- Knowing that annually
- Crops could get lost in the deep.
- They found it mysterious
- The star we call Sirius
- Signaled the start of the flood,
- For it rose every year
- At a time pretty near
- To when they all got covered with mud.
- Then they studied the moon
- And observed pretty soon
- It had cycles of waxing and waning.
- These took near thirty days
- Which a year, cut twelve ways,
- Roughly equaled, with five days remaining.
- And that was the reason
- Predicting each season.
- Was one of the calendar’s strengths,
- Though it since has been changed
- And the days re-arranged
- Into twelve months of unequal lengths.
- For a while it was Julian.
- Gregorian’s truly an
- Asset for scheduled living.
- In four thousand B.C.
- Nobody could foresee
- What a valuable gift they were giving.