Thursday, April 1, 2010

Welcome April!

If today is any indication- it is going to be a beautiful spring.  At 6:30am it was already 60 degrees according to my weather channel "bug" on my PC.  It is supposed to hit 80 today and tomorrow.  Outside my building and all across campus the daffodils have raised their lovely faces to the sky. 

Many (MANY) years ago- in about 7th or 8th grade, I was required to memorize and recite "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth for my English class.  Do they still do that any more? I dont' recall my son even studying Wordsworth- but I have never forgotten that I did.  Anyway- each and every time I walk onto campus in the spring, I am reminded of this poem and I feel it's appropriate for this sunny April 1st. 

"Daffodils" (1804)

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 stretch'd 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.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Happy April- I hope that Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods as well. 

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