I love every spring flower, but daffodils most of all.  Crocus are low to the ground, built to withstand the weather’s vacillations.  Tulips wait until they know it’s safe.  According to local legend, winter is not over until snow has fallen three times on the daffodils.  Surely, they know this.  Yet they stick their necks out, risking it all to brighten the dreary landscape.  Grouped together in our flower bed, they are the trumpet section of a marching band, bravely tooting Spring’s Reveille, making joyful music for the eyes and renewing the spirit:


On the heels of winter’s chill
emerge audacious daffodils
trumpeting from yellow frills
soprano trills, soprano trills

Intrepid Marchers, heads bent low
in bracing wind and fickle snow
Brassy bright on spring’s tableau,
they fairly glow, they fairly glow

With blaring, daring confidence
born of a faith in Providence
that resonates, pure and intense,
inside my chest, inside my chest

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22 thoughts on “DAFFO-DILIGENCE

  1. Peter Klopp March 25, 2018 / 9:15 am

    I like the metaphor of the bright, colourful marching band as you used it in your lovely spring poem on the daffodils. Well done, Joan!

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    • Just Joan March 25, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Peter. I love all spring flowers, but those golden daffodils melt my heart. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

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  2. Tippy Gnu March 25, 2018 / 9:51 am

    They certainly are a beautiful flower. My wife buys a little bouquet of them every spring, and right now we have some on our kitchen counter. I like your little “intreprid Marchers” play on words. They do March right in on the heels of winter and trumpet the coming of spring.

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    • Just Joan March 25, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Tippy. Enjoy your bouquet of “Marchers.” If they are the potted kind, you can plant the bulbs outside and they will trumpet again next year. 🙂

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  3. chevvy8 March 25, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Happy to hear that the daffodils are winning the war. This put a smile on my face as I saw those Daffodils soldiering on regardless the possibility of another pelting of snow. Enjoy your Sunday Joan! 😀

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    • Just Joan March 25, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Chevvy. Those soldiering daffodils are certainly giving winter a run for its money. Happy Sunday to you, too. I’ve sent you mail. 🙂

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  4. kamunde March 25, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Great piece Joan. Appreciating hidden aspects of nature that have a pivotal roles in our lives is just Great. Hope you are keeping well.

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    • Just Joan March 25, 2018 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks, AK. We both see nature with an artist’s eye and it changes us for the better. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

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    • Just Joan March 25, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Absolutely, Marissa. The daffodils know what could befall them, yet here they are, playing their horns for all they’re worth. You’ve got to admire their pluck. 🙂


    • Just Joan March 26, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Tulips are the queens of the flower bed, my husband buys and plants more tulip bulbs each autumn as an anniversary present. You’d think we’d have a million by now, but a credible source with a green thumb says “Daffodils multiply and tulips divide.” Maybe that’s why the daffodils can be a little more daring. We have few deer in our area, densely populated with little clumps of preserved green space. I suspect cheeky squirrels and chipmunks dig up the best-tasting bulbs (tulips) while I’m not looking and carry them off for winter storage. That makes more sense than Mrs. Green Thumb’s bizarre mathematical theory. 🙂


  5. L. T. Garvin, Author March 26, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils…. beautiful poetry worthy of Wordsworth himself! Oh, I love the rhyme and meter of this one, Joan. I also love the description of the “audacious daffodils” and trumpeting as a verb. Daffodils surely renew the spirit. Our local legend doesn’t mention snow since it rarely snows here, but the sign of spring for us is when the mesquite trees begin blooming.

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    • Just Joan March 27, 2018 / 9:40 am

      Thanks, Lana. Blown away by the comparison to Wordsworth! This is one of my favorites, because the daffodils light a fire in me; they inspire me to be brave, to go out on a limb. Jazz is another passion, so of course, I envision a horn section in the flowerbed. Would you believe I have never seen a mesquite tree? I associate that word with specialty charcoal, a flavoring for smoked brisket and barbecued ribs. I’ll have to Google it, see what they look like in bloom. Maybe arrange a blind date with He-Kiwi. 🙂

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author March 29, 2018 / 9:22 am

        Daffodils and Jazz sound like the perfect combination. My favorite flower is the zinnia. 😀

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    • Just Joan March 27, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Gorgeous! Mesquite trees have the same kind of blooms as my butterfly bushes, kind of furry, caterpillar-like. Same purpose, to attract pollinators, bees and butterflies.

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author March 29, 2018 / 9:32 am

        I’ve always liked them too. We had one in my hometown that grew to be massive and back in the before-cars-era, boys would ride their horses to town and tie them up at the tree then go visit their sweethearts.Then for some unknown reason, they cut it down in the 1990s! I hated when that happened. I have a butterfly bush and the garden tag stated that it would only grow 3 to 4 ft., but I’ve seen some by ponds that look more like trees, so I think I’ll have to move it. Frowny face here.

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  6. Anacrazyfuturewriter May 13, 2018 / 4:02 am

    What a brilliant ode to daffodils! I felt like I was being transported to an enchanted garden when I was reading this! XD

    I recently attempted the ‘Monotetra’, so I know what a challenging form it is to write. Nevertheless, you captured its essence quite masterfully! My own ‘Monotetra’ is linked below… I’d love it if you would look over it and leave me some tips on how to improve. Thanks!

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    • Just Joan May 13, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Thanks, AnaCrazy! Daffodils seem so brave, don’t they? Thanks for sharing your “perfect” monotetra–I left a comment on your site. That form is so exacting, meter, rhyme, and repetition that all have to fit together in one tiny package. There is another monotetra here on JJ42, a summer one about my dog: https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/how-do-you-spell-relief/.


      • Anacrazyfuturewriter May 13, 2018 / 8:28 am

        Thanks for checking mine out! Monotetras really are extremely amusing both to read and write. I’ll check your other one out for sure.

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