I’ve just discovered this beautiful spring poem by Richard LeGallienne and had to share. I’m loving the mornings packed full of beautiful birdsong and the hedgerows bursting with blossom as spring fall riotously into summer. This poem sums up the sentiment entirely – sod work and life for a wee while and get lost in mother nature.
I MEANT TO DO MY WORK TODAY
I meant to do my work today –
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand –
So what could I do but laugh and go?
Richard Le Gallienne
A bit about the poet
Richard Le Gallienne (1866 – 1947) was born in Liverpool. A contemporary of Oscar Wilde and W. B. Yeats, he was widely published but tended to be more of a romantic than his counterparts. He moved to the U.S. in 1903, hoping to breathe new life into his writing career, but his continued preference for sentimental styling kept him out of sync with American tastes of that time. He moved to Paris in 1927 and began writing a weekly column for the New York Sun, which was a perfect venue for his romantic style of writing . A compilation of some of those columns won Le Gallienne an award for “best book about France by a foreigner.” In the course of his life, Le Gallienne wrote nearly ninety books and innumerable articles. (source: Your Daily Poem)