That Inward Eye


The mere sight of daffodils brings me back to those precious evenings from January to September in 2010 when Father and I chatted, laughed, drank tea,  listened to music, sat in companionable silence and enjoyed poetry together.

As he drifted off to sleep I would always return  to William Wordsworth’s The Daffodils  and without fail Father would join in with me when I reached the last stanza:

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.

There is much that flashes upon our inward eyes but some things linger there as our anchors of love.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

27 thoughts on “That Inward Eye”

  1. I always love your posts, but this one touched my heart well and truly… especially the last line.
    “There is much that flashes upon our inward eyes but some things linger there as our anchors of love.”
    Just beautiful..

  2. They are wonderful aren’t they? Both for memories and for beauty in the moment. When I lived in a colder climate, just the sight of green shoots in the spring was so exciting – that’s one thing I miss here, where it’s just warm enough that there’s always “something” green. And just thinking: the anniversaries of Wordsworth’s birth and death are both in April.

    1. I was fortunate enough to visit Dove Cottage when I was in my teens and the magic of the place has never left me. Somehow, Wordsworth’s lines on various aspects of nature never seem to be far away.
      As for green, I adore it ~ even have green eyes!!

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