Stand and Stare

August 27, 2010

Watching the clouds

 

Leisure
by W. H. Davies 

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. 

It seems like my life just naturally slips into busy-ness.  It requires conscious effort to return to awareness of the present moment.  To slow down.  To stand and stare, as this poem reminds us.

One Response to “Stand and Stare”


  1. But but August 30th you will be able to – stand and stare. (from an unemployed librarian who gets cross with bloggers who scatter around tags, like handfuls of confetti, make that rose petals, at a wedding ;>(


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