Hope Springs Forward Eternal

The second Sunday in March brings a form of time travel.

“Hope Springs Forward Eternal” — as read by the author.

As springtime is pending, it comes as a shock
when we’re told to advance the time shown on our clock,
since we lose an hour’s sleep – or so some pundits say –
but it’s all in the service of more sunlit day.

“Spring forward, fall back” is the popular idiom
to help you remember (unless you are pretty dumb)
what kind of adjustment to make with the minute hand:
it serves up a clue as to which way to spin it, man!

This changing of time has long been controversial,
most markedly for those who tend toward inertial.
Some say it disrupts the circadian schedule,
so – mornings need coffee, and afternoons, Red Bull.

You’ll read different stories regarding its origin,
promoting the darkness that you’ll eat your porridge in.
Yet time waits for no one, however we shift it –
gained only by friends to whom we choose to gift it.

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