Daffodils!

A few weeks ago I saw the first snowdrops in our garden. Happy little flowers, the very first of spring. Then the crocuses came up, yellow and purple and white. But tonight I saw my first daffodils of the season! I love daffodils, so bright and sunny. And a sure sign that good weather is coming. In honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to post one of my favorite poems by Wordsworth.

“I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD”

      I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
      That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
      When all at once I saw a crowd,
      A host, of golden daffodils;
      Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
      Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

      Continuous as the stars that shine
      And twinkle on the milky way,
      They stretched in never-ending line
      Along the margin of a bay:                     
      Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
      Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

      The waves beside them danced; but they
      Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
      A poet could not but be gay,
      In such a jocund company:
      I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
      What wealth the show to me had brought:

      For oft, when on my couch I lie
      In vacant or in pensive mood,                   
      They flash upon that inward eye
      Which is the bliss of solitude;
      And then my heart with pleasure fills,
      And dances with the daffodils.
                             

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