Let's Dance With The Daffodils

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By Michael Headley

As the Spring equinox  arrived on March 20, 2014, the transition from Winter to Spring became imminent.  The sights and sounds of Spring were now in the air.  Winter was slowly loosening  its icy grip and all manner of life seemed to be awakening, a resurrection of sorts.  Even peoples’ faces were getting free from the tightness of winter and smiles were rapidly flowing .   The Crocuses seemed to get a jump on the other perennials because they flowered first in my make-shift garden.    The sparrows,  the Starlets , the doves etc.  could be heard chirping and cooing respectively  as they busied themselves to find homes for nesting purposes.   And with the release of pollen in the atmosphere, Spring became a nightmare for allergy sufferers. 
But of all the flowering plants, the Daffodils stand out at this time of year.  Maybe it's because of William Wordsworth's famous poem, The Daffodils.   In the poem Wordsworth eloquently brought the flowers to life.  This narcissus,  a genus of mainly hard, mostly spring-flowering, bulbous perennials, is in the Amaryllis family.  The flower colours range from white, through yellow, to dark orange. 
In introducing us to the  Daffodils, Wordsworth remarked  ‘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'.  He went on about them, ‘stretching in  never-ending line …. Ten thousand saw I at a glance…. I gazed – and gazed- but little thought.  What wealth the show to me had brought:  … And then my heart with pleasure fills.  And dances with the Daffodils'.
It's probably a good time for mankind to look beyond the economic, social, political, and religious challenges and take time to literally smell the flowers, admire them, and even dance with the Daffodils.  Happy Spring and Happy Easter everyone.  
Michael Headley is a social commentator
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