As you read this lovely poem by William Wordsworth, imagine yourself as the narrator. Read it slowly and let it take you on a gentle journey. Let yourself be carried off to this special place for a few moments. Allow it to bring you a sense of beauty, peace and ease. Let it be a reminder of renewal, abundance, growth and the resilience and rhythm of nature. And after you’ve read it, read it a second (or third time), you’ll discover more with each reading. Then close your eyes, and ‘wander’ (in wonder) again as the images fill your mind.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as 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.