I’ve thought long and hard about today’s writing challenge and I just kept coming back to this poem, in my mind, by W H Davies. It beautifully sums up the need to:
- Take stock
- Appreciate little moments
- Recognise the beauty in nature
- Recognise the need to slow down
- To remove the invisible shackles we often hold onto
- To just be in the space that we are
I think Davies was ahead of his time in realising the need to leave the trouble and strife of the day, the month or the problems in life to one side and live in the moment.
That is why I’ll leave today’s blog with the beauty of this poem. Davies says it so much more eloquently than I could:
Leisure by W H Davies
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.