Leisure by W.H. Davies

Stand and stare

Stand and stare (Photo credit: Cy Evans)

W. H. Davies

Leisure

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.

 

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About heavenswithlamps

I am an educator by day and a casual Star gazer by night. I read a lot, surf a lot, cycle at times, like trekking, learning swimming, and philosophize at times. Life = Be Cooool!

Posted on May 6, 2012, in Astropoetry and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is one of my favourite poems, and the picture that accompanies it is beatific, one that I could ‘stand and stare’ at for hours! Educator, real estate agent, and star gazer–sounds too good to be true. Cheers to you, and thanks for the follow! 🙂

  2. Thanks a lot for reblogging this!

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