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To spring forward or fall back
is the point at issue.

Are farmers responsible or should
politicians assume blame?

Cows don’t care.
Elected officials don’t labor full time, regardless.

The result — working folks stay sleepy
days afterward. Studies discover more car wrecks,

workplace injuries, increased depression,
short tempers, and a rise in the use of electricity.

Computers change automatically,
programed by God.

My husband changes the brass carriage clock
on the dresser, upstairs.

I change the hour hand
on the wall clock, downstairs.

Directions for the microwave and stove
are stored in the silverware drawer.

I no longer wear a watch.


Sharon Lask Munson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She taught school in England, Germany, Okinawa, and Puerto Rico before driving to Anchorage, Alaska and staying for the next twenty years. She is a retired teacher, poet, coffee addict, old movie enthusiast, lover of road trips—with many published poems, two chapbooks, and two full-length books of poetry. She now lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. You can find her at

© 2019, Sharon Lask Munson

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