Time to be

Stand and stare

As we begin to come out of lockdown, a common literary joke in my household is ‘tubby or not tubby’! Many of us may be seeking to start to live a more active life (but remember to be kind to yourself!). And let’s not lose the joy of just being and observing, particularly as the pace of life starts to increase.

This poem says it all!

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.


By Wm. Henry Davies

This is Mindful Monday @ essencecheltenham.org on 31 May 2021.

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