Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The daffodil post of 2014!

This week I'm in New England! It's so beautiful here, and I will share more about my adventures in the next few days. But the other day we went to a daffodil farm in Connecticut, and I realized I hadn't written my traditional annual daffodil post yet (daffodils are my all-time favorite flower), so what better way to post about it than with this unique opportunity!

I usually try to write a poem about daffodils, but at the farm, this poem by William Wordsworth was etched in a stone slab on the ground... and I think it's better than I could have written this year:

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.

Of course, inspired by Wordsworth...
Fields of Daffodils!

Hannah, me, Amy, and Janna

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