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Take heart—
they say the darkest hour gives birth to dawn,
the pain and pitch and fog, saliva-thick, but then, the brand-new start.
Take heart—
joy comes with the resting of the ark,
light breaking, waters receding, squalls and winds withdrawn.
Take heart—
the darkest hour gives birth to dawn.

Photo by Grant McIver on Unsplash

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor is a retired, 35-year English teacher from Georgia. Her favorite genre to teach high school students was poetry, and today she dedicates more time to writing it, her major themes focused on family, place, and faith. She says she writes to give testimony to the past and to her heritage. She has been published in several journals, both on-line and in print, and in 2021, she published her first collection of poems, Strange Fire.