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Leisure by W. H. Davies

July 14, 2012

WHAT is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,

And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2012 1:16 pm

    So true. In one hour I am rushing off to Paris so that I can then fly to Italy. Then it will be better, walking in the Alps and taking the time to appreciate the stillness and beauty.

  2. July 15, 2012 12:43 am

    Yeah, definitely true enough unfortunately. I’ve had a lot more time since I’ve not been able to walk now my foot’s in pot but can’t go anywhere to see anything. Luckily I have a garden so at least get to see bumble bees and the like appreciating my untidy flowers when it’s dry enough for me to sit outside.

  3. Scribestpatrick permalink
    July 15, 2012 7:39 pm

    Thank you John – a timely reminder for us all in this alienating world

  4. July 16, 2012 7:36 am

    Thank you both. Today we have MPs telling the rest of us that we must work harder, and telling pensioners to work until they drop, just as they themselves set out on a long summer break that most working people couldn’t imagine. People do have lives away from the grindstone – perhaps the Westminster crowd might remember that!

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