Friday, September 25, 2015


I had to learn this poem by William Henry Davies at school. It's a good illustration of the point I was trying to make in my previous post:

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 or 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.

Courtesy of this website.


  1. We'd all love more leisure time, I'm sure. But.... grandkids, parents, school events, church events, volunteering, cleaning, canning, freezing - we don't take enough time for the simple, beautiful things in our creation.

  2. They made us learn it by heart, together with "Friends, Romans, Countrymen"...

  3. Housewife from FinlandSeptember 26, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    "And stare as long as sheep or cows." Totally love it. I like watching animals because they always focus 100 % on what they are doing. And that is mostly eating or resting. :) Cows are especially relaxing when they chew.

  4. 'There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush.
    Everybody should be free to go slow.'

    - Robert Frost -