Thursday, June 18, 2015

Black-eyed Susans

Every poem has a story, every flower, every creature has a purpose. Susan in Wordsworth's poem is a country girl come to London.

The Black-eyed Susan is found mainly in the eastern half of Kansas, along gravel roadsides next to the wheat fields ready for harvest, in disturbed prairies, and in waste areas, blooming from June until September.

Black-eyed Susan

Poor Susan by William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads, 1798

At the corner of Wood-Street, when day-light appears,
There's a Thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years:
Poor Susan has pass'd by the spot and has heard
In the silence of morning the song of the bird.

'Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her? She sees
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees;
Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide,
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.

Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale,
Down which she so often has tripp'd with her pail,
And a single small cottage, a nest like a Jove's,
The only one dwelling on earth that she loves.

She looks, and her heart is in Heaven, but they fade,
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade;
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,
And the colours have all pass'd away from her eyes.

Poor Outcast! return--to receive thee once more
The house of thy Father will open its door,
And thou once again, in thy plain russet gown,
May'st hear the thrush sing from a tree of its own.