Poem on my mind

Daily Prompt: By Heart

You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

More than what first comes to my mind, the poem ‘Leisure‘ by W.H. Davies is one that is quite often on my mind and is probably one of the most haunting pieces of written work that I’ve ever come across. The simplicity and the beauty with which W.H.Davies describes the bane of being human on several different levels is incredible. Not only does it signify that we are so caught up in in our ‘daily’ lives that we miss out on the beauties of life but we are also too full of ourselves that we often forget that there exists a world around us. We are but just a mere speck in the cosmos !

The poem goes as follows:

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.



  1. Jenna Hatfield · November 6, 2014

    Oh, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sajeevs blog · November 6, 2014

    this is one of my favourites too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sonia Lal · November 6, 2014

    Sweet poem!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lifeconfusions · November 8, 2014

    Wow what a fantastic share ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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