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  Posted: April 7, 2020      Views: 46

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I taught English for 40 years on the high school and college level. Since retiring, I have written a poetry collection titled "Reflections of a Dog Walker," and five novels, all unpublished. I mostly post poems and short stories.
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a tribute to William Wordsworth
"One Day in April" by RodG
I wandered through a park today
and saw in bloom lush cherry trees.
Like ballerinas they did sway.
With arms aloft and limbs at ease,
they touched the sky and clouds did tease.
Pink petals fluttered everywhere,
fell on my path, perfumed the air.

On both sides of a stream they stood,
its waters shiny velvet blue.
And crossing o'er, a bridge of wood
invited me to ford there, too.
If only I'd a birch canoe
to take me where the currents led,
I might have climbed aboard and fled.

But cross I did the old plank span
and soon saw deer tracks on the trail.
Though does and bucks will dodge a man,
a spotted fawn with flapping tail
flew by me to a flowered vale.
I watched it circle, settle in
amongst some ferns, beside its twin.

Next winter when I'm oft confined
by snow, harsh winds or arctic cold,
I'll scroll down entries in my mind,
let pleasant memories unfold,
recall this day, its background bold.
Somehow the scene's now early dawn
yet nestled in the ferns--that fawn.


Author Notes
Today is William Wordsworths birthday. He was born in 1770.

Most American students study the Wordsworth poem I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD in senior lit in high school. He was a Romantic poet of the 19th century who wrote many poems about his walks in Nature, but this is the one we remember most.

I have copied only the first verse of that poem below. My purpose is to pay tribute, not copy every feature. Notice my stanzas have 7 lines in each stanza, not 6 like his.

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats 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.

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