Trust What You Don’t Know

by Angela Hoffman

Days that shorten, nights that lengthen
How birds know how to make a nest, when to go
That inner knowing that something is not right
Roots underground, sending messages
How monarchs find their way
The magnitude of memory 
A great oak within a tiny acorn
One small step in front of the other
Why I didn’t die that day
That voice I heard when no one was near
The gravity of grief 
How one knows how to love

Angela Hoffman’s poetry collections include Resurrection Lily (Kelsay Books, 2022) and Olly Olly Oxen Free (forthcoming, Kelsay Books, 2023). She placed third in the WFOP Kay Saunders Memorial Emerging Poet, 2022. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Solitary Plover, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Museletter and Calendar, Agape Review, Verse-Virtual, Visual Verse, Your Daily Poem, Writing In A Woman’s Voice, Moss Piglet, Amethyst Review, Orchards Poetry Journal, POETiCA REViEW, Wilda Morris’s Poetry Challenge, and Lothlorien Poetry Journal. She has written a poem a day since the start of the pandemic. Angela lives in rural Wisconsin. 

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