Firm, tender shoots poke insistently
Thrusting upward, urgent in search of
strength of sun, permeating dank earth
Resolved to burst forth, irrespective
of imminent risk to future blooms.
Hell-bent on beauty, heedless of cost.
In daffodils’ steadfast heavenward
ascent, a reminder bobs and nods:
In warming rays, hope springs eternal.