Today's Beautiful Gem: 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er hills and vales,
When all at once I saw around,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

"Countless 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
Outdid 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 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."

Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao