POEMS: “Leisure” by William Henry Davies (written in 1911)



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.

by W. H. Davies

10 Comments Add yours

  1. We have forgotten what is Leisure and have changed our lives totally with technology that has taken us all in a big way. What a beautiful and fantastic poem. Loved it, Amira.

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    1. Yes, so true dear Kamal!, Our fast world has lost the peace and beauty of taking our time to savour the beauty all around us, we need to cultivate some more Zen into our lives…<3


      1. Yes absolutely true Amira. I too am a lover of Zen and it’s profound teachings. We need to cultivate them for our own consciousness. 😊😊😊😊

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        1. I fully agree with you dear friend! 🙂 ❤


  2. Nice poem, indeed, dear Amira 🙂

    For the real valuable things we have no time and run amok from one pleasure to the next. Patience is needed, time is needed to digest our experiences in order to really understand them, but our life has become a fast-food life…

    Thanks for sharing, my dear friend Amira 🙂
    Hugs and love

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    1. I agree with you dear Didi, about the “fast food society” we have become. We have lost the art of peaceful and mindful balance to enjoy the journey and not go through a mad rush to our “destination”…I like how you put it, to take the time “to digest our experiences”! Thank you dear friend for your comment. Much love and warm hugs back! ❤

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      1. Any time, my friend 🙂
        May we all use our time usefully and find out our purpose of life.
        Hugs and love, dear Amira 🙂

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  3. LindaP says:

    Wonderful comments from your followers! i agree with them completely!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Linda! Wishing you many peaceful and zen moments, and sending you much love always! ❤ ❤ ❤ Amira


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