Saturday, February 02, 2008

I used to be really big on poetry. I read it constantly and wrote it often. I'm hard pressed to find any of my old stuff these days. It must all be packed up somewhere.

Either way, in participation of the Third Annual Silent Poetry Reading, I leave you with this poem. It was my favorite growing up and I used to have it completely memorized.

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wander'd 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 the bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in a 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.


Valerie said...

That's a beautiful poem. I can see why you like it so much. =)

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