For the leaplings, just for today,
let’s think in alternative fours.
Line winter’s final quarter
with diamonds, not squares.
This is no common year.
A short-changed month gets a little boost
to keep our hearts aligned
with the sun.
I know a couple of almost leap
year babies—both full-grown men,
56 not 14. They don’t count
the way you do in 1|4 time.
My father died during a leap year.
Bowie, Prince, Cohen during the next.
An extra exit sign flickers in the dark.