An old favorite – Leisure


Reading this poem after many years feels like meeting an old friend after a long time. It brings back memories of my school’s English class that required all students memorize these lines. Back then perhaps I was not able to fully appreciate the words as my childhood was inherently free and leisurely. But as an adult, in the daily grind, in the incessant pursuit of material goals, running just to stay in place, these words ring ever so true!

Great reminder to stop and smell the roses.

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. 

-Dolly Parton

Enjoy this timeless verse!

Leisure (What Is This Life If Full Of Care)


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.

William Henry Davies

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