I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

April 16, 2010



At this time of year, I just couldn’t help myself.

Daffodils are everywhere.

I keep thinking of this poem:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth

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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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Branka April 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

So nice!


Joe Holtzman April 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

Sometimes life is simply poetry. If only we remember to stop and smell the…daffodils.


Jelena April 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

One of my favorites! No political, feminist, or philosohical agenda–just a beautiful image! Thank you for reminding me of it. We all need moments like that!


Dave Harrison April 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

Lovely poem


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