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Posted By Susan Bernhardt

What a day for a daydream...Thinking about what to write for my April blog, I glance at my cheery sunflowers on the kitchen table and admire their simplistic beauty. The sunflower in art has become nearly synonymous with Van Gogh. He characterized his fondness for the flower in the spiritedness of his sunflower paintings. My eyes veer from the splashes of yellow, out the kitchen window to the sparkle of pure white, untouched snow from our Wisconsin winter.

Under the snow, blossoms a daring spring. --Terri Guillemets.

I daydream of my garden flowers in unabashed brush strokes and dabs of greens and purples and whites. The memory of their fragrance fills me with pleasure and lingers in my mind and heart, even on this cold morning. The blossoms of our flowering crab tree will soon unfold a cloud of color, brilliant pinks amid the greens; prime subject matter for the impressionist.

The sentiments of those who tasted the world with their eyes, are painted in a favorite poem, written by William Wordsworth who conveyed the movement of art through words.

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 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.

And now I'm lost in a daydream...




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