Poetically Yours Ep. 32 - Time To Spring Forward

Mar 12, 2021

Welcome to WNIJ's Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems by northern Illinois poets. Today's segment features poet Richard Holinger. 

Richard Holinger.
Credit Provided by Richard Holinger.

Holinger is a published author. His books include Kangaroo Rabbits and Galvanized Fences, a collection of his newspaper columns, and North of Crivitz, a book of poetry focusing on the North Woods and Upper Midwest. His work has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, and his essay published in Thread received a “Notable” mention in Best American Essays 2018. Holinger's works have appeared in several different journals. He lives in the Fox River Valley area west of Chicago. Degrees include a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Here's Holinger's poem "Saving Daylight."

We first “fall back,”

Then “spring forward,”

Mnemonic helpers recalling

It’s time to reset time.

The added autumn hour

Adored by sleepers, kids ignore,

Their night clocks true

To needs, not light.

In March, we rise, like Proust,

To a remembrance of lost time

And struggle to make do with less.

Yet do we not “fall forward

And “spring back” as well?

Climbing up, your wingtip toe strikes

A stair, pushing you ahead

Or, hiking, spot an Eastern Massasauga,

Instinct yanking from behind.

Here, body and mind seize control

Not of earth’s continual tilt

North or south determining

The luminescence of your days,

But simply in helping

Gain your fragile balance,

Or escape a rattler’s one-note song.

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