Happy Earth Day!

>> Tuesday, April 22, 2008

To celebrate the beautiful earth, we planted sunflower seeds, had a picnic, and picked Daffodils. It was humbling to be outside with the blue sky, bright sun, and warm breeze and to witness the small and simple things that make our home, Earth, such a beautiful place. Since we picked Daffodils, I thought the poem "Daffodils" by Wordsworth would be appropriate on such an occasion. He seemed to capture what Earth Day is all about. The beauty all around us that is burned into our soul if we only let it in.

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 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


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