When I was a little girl my mom used to recite poetry to me from memory. One particular favorite was "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," by William Wordsworth. I loved that poem as a kid and even memorized it myself. So this morning, when I went out for an early morning run and my daffodils had bloomed over night I was transported back in time. I can hear her now. . .
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.
I love the reminder the daffodils bring me every time I walk out the front door. Hope y'all have a brilliant spring!