None of the widely predicted disruption occurred

when the day came for the sun to change its name.

The biggest winner, you would have to say,

was Shakespeare, his “would smell as sweet”

ubiquitously touted on the airways and the street

for having been prescient or actually saved us—

all of which only masked the fact that no one cared

one bit what the sun had decided to call itself

as long as donuts were still being fried.

It was another, far less sexy change

that ended up having a far greater effect on things:

the password it used to log onto its facebook page.

Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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