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Jo Ann Steger Hoffman 


Early November


In a cheeky parody of spring

one undefeated daffodil 

blooms beneath my window,

glistening with early frost.

Startled, then inspired 

by her yellow courage,

her brazen backward fling

with warmth and light,

I applaud her brassy challenge

and join in her denial 

of coming chill and looming dark.

I would do well to safeguard the soil

of this wise little teacher 

who knows each wintry cup she drinks, 

like every daily death I die,

is filled with golden promise.