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Leisure

Posted Aug 24 2008 5:47pm
Recently I was reminded of a beautiful poem I learned in school called Leisure by William Henry Davies.



We have become so obsessed with work and other things that we try to put in as much as possible in the 24 hours of our day. We don't have time to just 'stand and stare'!



Initially, I believe, man started working so that he could eat and survive. The irony of life today, is that we have become so busy at work that we don't even have enough time to eat our meals in peace. Its a hurried 10 minute meal because we have this deadline to meet or that meeting to attend!



Here is the poem. Really worth reflecting upon.



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.
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