Fall Back

You can squander the hour you've saved
on sleep. You can let it slip till morning
then casually flick back the clock.

But if you wait for an hour you want
to linger, and savor the time
you've reclaimed from spring

you'll have that hour
to fall back on
when the light falls short of the dream.

from When the Light Falls Short of the Dream (1998); reprinted in
Make Your Way Across This Bridge: New & Selected Writings (2003)