Poetry Corner with Lawrence Spiro

Two poems for you.  The Yadu is a dry, brown view of the passing and the approaching of the seasons, and the other about Daffodils.

Daffodils are beautiful flowers that bloom early spring.  They come as the harbinger of spring but leave before spring finishes its floral symphony. Robert Herrick compares us to this introductory work of nature but exits the poem with finality.

To Daffodils

BY ROBERT HERRICK  (1591-1674)

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see

You haste away so soon;

As yet the early-rising sun

Has not attain’d his noon.

Stay, stay,

Until the hasting day

Has run

But to the even-song;

And, having pray’d together, we

Will go with you along.


We have short time to stay, as you,

We have as short a spring;

As quick a growth to meet decay,

As you, or anything.

We die

As your hours do, and dry


Like to the summer’s rain;

Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,

Ne’er to be found again.