Inspired by the effect described in this article.
While seeming to roll steadily through space
Earth oft endures adjustments to her face
by force of scouring storm and shifting plate.
One quake, by Richter’s scale an 8.8,
quite beyond the obvious disaster,
may have caused the Earth to rotate faster.
What diff’rence does a millisecond
make? It matters not eternally.
It still takes just as long for bread to
bake; but how long will my child be three?
Am I procrastinating if to-
morrow comes before today is through?
Earth hurtles on, not bearing to wait
A destiny clocks can’t calculate.