Days In The Month
December's 31-day count is shared
Along with March, October and July.
Yet these months with a further three are paired,
Since January's count is just as high—
Identical to May and August's sum.
November and September are akin
To April and to June, since when they come,
Have we but 30 mornings to see in.
Exceptional is February's score:
Most often 28, that's one too few
On years that are divisible by 4,
Not counting those 100 goes into
Though not 400 ... Now, have I made clear
How many days fill months in any year?
Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, the Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review and the Satirist. His limericks have appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail.