My friend Richard wanted to understand time.
So he said I understand space pretty well. I’ll use that.
So he built seven houses, for the seven days of the week.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday Friday Saturday
Sunday. And in each of the houses he did what characterized
That day of the week. Example: In the Sunday house he was always
Worrying that he would have to go to work the next day.
In the Wednesday house he was settling in, to the demands of the work week
Its despairs its consolations and its routines, forgetting both.
Surely this is not time, I said to him, because they are free-standing these houses
What happens in the house of Saturday night
Causes no regret no jubilation in the house of Sunday.
And he said “Okay you’re right.” And he had an ovum and a spermatazoan
In each house gestate a baby, and he set up the Requisite Causal Links
(which you can work out I’m sure, the events that happened in the House of Sunday
would cause weal or ill to the dweller in the House of Monday).
They sentenced him to death and the executioner waited for him in the house of Thursday
For that was the day of his death, written and sealed in the court document.
And they all moved into the house of Saturday
And reside there to this day.