Thursday, April 14, 2011

Poem In Your Pocket

Thursday, April 14 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. As Just Janga says: "Throughout the day, people in libraries, schools, bookstores, and workplaces will be sharing with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors poems that are carrying in their pockets. The Academy of American Poets suggests that online communities can participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day by posting a poem on a blog or social networking page."

Since today is a gorgeous bright and sunny day here, and I see blue skies outside my window, a fluffy white cloud behind some tall everygreens, and yellow daffodils nodding in the neighbors' yards, this poem Daffodils by William Wordsworth is perfect for this ocassion. I memorized it for class in middle school, and I can still recite parts of it from memory.

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.


Janga said...

Lovely, Keira! I think of this poem every time I see daffodils. I especially love the last stanza.

Keira Soleore said...

Such a little flower made so profound. I adore his poetry and those of his contemporaries. It's lyrical beauty personified.