Posted By Susan Bernhardt
Sunflowers

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... 
 
10 Comment(s):
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thanks, Marsha for your visiting and your great comment. You'd love it here...we have lots of wind. :) I plan on starting vegetable seeds in the house Sunday to eventually put in my new garden out front that hasn't been dug yet. :)Looking forward to more warmer weather.
April 6, 2017 07:38:37
 
Marsha R West said...
Hey, Susan. Thakns for the link. Not sure why these aren't popping up for me. So sorry you still have snow on the ground. We're having a touch of spring and everything is spring-green. Love the sounds of the wind rustling through the leaves. I find wind exciting. (Not the tornado storm kind). Hope your snows melt soon and you can see real flowers in your yard.
April 6, 2017 07:24:57
 
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thank you, Matthew for visiting. I love Wordsworth. I have a book of his poems on my bookcase. I'm happy his poetry helped you through difficult times.
April 5, 2017 09:03:39
 
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thank you, Lorenzo for visiting and your great comment. I am so happy it is spring.
April 5, 2017 09:00:03
 
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thank you, Linda for your great comment and for visiting my blog. I can't wait for flowers to come up in our garden. I'm happy that you enjoyed one of my mysteries.
April 5, 2017 08:48:36
 
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thank you, Heather for visiting and your wonderful comment. I am SO happy that spring is here!!!
April 5, 2017 08:44:40
 
Heather Brainerd said...
Beautiful, Susan. Spring is definitely in the air, and I couldn't be happier!
April 5, 2017 07:44:21
 
Linda Johnson said...
I love that poem! Both daffodils ans sunflowers can be found in our garden, such cheerful flowers! I have enjoyed your book, and will read the rest you have written too.
April 5, 2017 06:55:24
 
Lorenzo said...
A wonderful ode to spring, my favorite time of the year.
April 5, 2017 06:54:01
 
Matthew Peters said...
I love these two artists. Wordsworth's poetry saw me through some of life's most difficult times. I am forever grateful for his work.
April 5, 2017 06:52:23
 
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