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Posted: Thursday March 2, 2017
Today is Annual Day: A Very Short Story
[The Days cover]

Please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95). This story may be found on page 27.

Annual Day

Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.

As usual, you will attempt to ease its passing but this will be futile. Nothing will help. Not playing Madama Butterfly in the morning with the windows open. Not making yourself feel glad about the clouds.

By afternoon you will be sitting over tea like a chalk statue with blank eyes, thinking: Today existence is something to subsist in, breathe, vegetate, and be converted to.

Then you will lie down and face the wall.

Later, even the stars will look dull.