Sunday, April 7, 2013

Words of Wordsworth for Day 7 of challenge

The young Wordsworth
Kerry has reacquainted members of the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads with an old favorite: William Wordsworth, as the first poet to be featured in a prompt for our poem-a-day challenge this month.

Wordsworth's "field of golden daffodils" will spring to mind at this time of year in the northern hemisphere, of course, but in the 80 years of his life (1770-1850) he wrote much more than that.

Later in the poet's life

Kerry offered us four quotations from his work as inspiration, plus a link to more. I have chosen to use two Wordsworth quotations: one before and one following my own poem; one supplied by Kerry and one I found in a search.

“The best portion of a good man's life:
his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” 
William Wordsworth

I know many people such as these
who share their strength and hope, and leave
the hearer with a newfound sense
of love and understanding.
They offer help, for no return,
with demeanor undemanding,
and don’t stand out within a crowd,
nor look for recognition.
They merely seek to pass along
the help that they’ve been given.
Kay Davies, April 7, 2013

“The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more.”
William Wordsworth


Susan said...

I, too, know more and more of these folks, aptly celebrated by you and Wordsworth.

Loredana Donovan said...

Beautiful thoughts, Kay. It's wonderful when we can give unconditionally, without expecting anything in return--the true definition of kindness. :)

hedgewitch said...

Both are wonderful quotes, and your poem is a great tribute to those who know the importance of kindness, which unfortunately is fewer than it should be.

Margaret said...

And those people are what make this world worth living in...

with demeanor undemanding

very sweet

Mary said...

Those definitely are wonderful people, aren't they!!!! Treasure them.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Well done. I'm still thinking on this one!

Ella said...

Those people are the true treasures in our world~
Well Done Kay!

Kay said...

Absolutely, definitely beautifully and thoughtfully done, Kay! Would that we had more people like this in the world.

Other Mary said...

And I suspect you are one of these people. Well penned!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful, kiddo. Thankfully the world is peopled with these lovely beings......

Anonymous said...

Wordsworth had the "random acts of kindness" thing nailed down, as well as the idea of "paying it forward."

Your phrasing is lovely, graceful; my favorite phrase, "with demeanor undemanding." True goodness does not seek attention; rather, it's good for the sake of doing right.

Brill! Peace, Kay. Amy

Daryl said...


Kerry O'Connor said...

This is wonderful, Kay. I love the measured pace and the honesty within the portrait of a good man. Both quotes are well-chosen.

EG CameraGirl said...

Words of wisdom. I especially like the quote about the best portion of a good man's life. Excellent!

Panchali said...

Such people are gems, Kay. Very beautifully penned! Love this!

Jinksy said...

And those are the nicest people. :)

Susie Clevenger said...

I am so thankful I know people like that also.