Poem: Not Divorced from Daffodils

It might be
she had dreamed up
that courtship
an inclination
over such
green and pleasant hills.

A handful
of tightly
hopeful buds;
much better
to pick them that way,
some warmth to
open them slowly
into daffodils-
among her
favorite flowers
to this day.


(Author’s note: The writing of this poem just happened the other night. I realize for many daffodils are out of season. No matter. The nature of reflection is being out of place and time. The picture of wild daffodils is from a journal I did back in the 1980’s while living in England: a year of Oxfordshire flora and fauna in paintings and verse…no doubt inspired by The Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden which was very popular at the time.)
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9 thoughts on “Poem: Not Divorced from Daffodils

  1. Laurel’s comment on her blog about yours providing her with some joy led me here. I see what she means. I love this picture too. Whereabouts in Oxfordshire were you? I’m from nearby.

    Do you know the Edward Thomas poem ‘Adlestrop’? I was reminded of it by your reference to Oxfordshire.

    I very much like this poem. Something that might have been, or could have been or should have been? Lovely.


    • Thank you so much for visiting my blog and also for your kind and understanding comments. I lived in Wroxton Oxon, a small village about 3 miles from Banbury. I went there in the mid 1970’s (Oh! I’m giving away my age) for a semester at Wroxton College (Wroxton Abbey) and stayed for 16 years! Daffodils were very possibly the reason I stayed…

      I knew of the poem “Adlerstrop” but hadn’t read it in many years. Thank you for sending me to it. I especially love the last two stanzas, reminding me of what was so difficult to leave behind I never really did:

      And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
      And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
      No whit less still and lonely fair
      Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

      And for that minute a blackbird sang
      Close by, and round him, mistier,
      Farther and farther, all the birds
      Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

      And I am so glad your message has led me to your splendid writing…I have just begun to search through its treasures…you will see me there often…Blessings. Diane


  2. Oh how delightful! Your gorgeous picture reminds me of when, as a 7-year-old, I learnt the ‘The Daffodil Fairy’ poem from my Flower Fairy book to perform at a family Christmas play. It is one that I’ve never forgotten and repeat to myself many times each spring:

    I’m everyone’s darling;
    the blackbird and starling
    Are shouting about me from
    blossoming boughs’
    For I, the Lent Lily,
    the Daffy-down-dilly,
    Have heard through
    the country the call to arouse.

    The orchards are ringing
    with voices a-singing
    The praise of my petticoat,
    praise of my gown;
    The children are playing, and hark!
    They are saying
    That Daffy-down-dilly is come up to town!


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