Dances with the Daffodils

Field of daffodils

We were going to write about the healing properties of Daffodils –  For centuries, the bulbs were made into a paste and applied to wounds as an astrigent,  as well as placed on strained sinews, stiff or painful joints, burns, and areas affected by gout – However, we then thought twice, since Daffodils also have toxic properties.
So, we’ll leave off with a nod toward the health benefits of poetry and the inspiration that Daffodils can provide…

 I wandered lonely as a Cloud
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 dancing Daffodils;

Along the Lake, beneath the trees,

Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they

Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: —

A poet could not but be gay

In such a laughing company:

I gaz’d–and gaz’d–but little thought

What wealth the shew 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.


William Wordsworth,  Poems in Two Volumes: Moods of my Mind 7 (1807)
Daffodils and famous Wordsworth poem, at The Longevity Salon