Saturday, May 16, 2009

Daffodils and Wordsworth

"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)

I think I first read this poem in the March 1993 issue of Victoria magazine. Do any of you remember Victoria? No, I don't mean the skimpy re-tread we're forced to endure six times a year now. I mean the original, monthly breath of fresh air that used to arrive in the mailbox like clean cool water in the desert. I do get Victoria now too, but often it serves as a reminder of what we will never have again.
Anyway, I have never forgotten the poem or the feelings it evoked, and especially the beautiful photographs that accompanied it. Of daffodils of course, thousands upon thousands. Whenever I see daffodils, I think of the magazine/poem/feelings.
So, how could I help but fall in love with this potholder on the Lily Sugar 'n Cream website ? And so, finally I have a pattern that I'm working up for the swap. I know, you haven't exactly been holding your breath.... But I've been worried about getting something good enough done in time. I have made all the potholders and embroidered all the stripes. I've edged and looped 3 of them. I've made 1 and a half of the daffodil petals, and 5 orange trumpets. I'll take pictures and post them soon; I've done just a little changing of colors and I like the way they're looking. Will share soon.

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