What is this life?

Leisure (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.

One of my favourite poems…what IS this life? All of us rush here and there, everywhere…afraid of not being at some place at some time. What are we really rushing for? Is our lives taken over by this constant need to move around, to be at some happening place at a happening time? Are we giving up ‘life’ in order to be able to live?

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6 Comments »

  1. Sandman Said:

    Nice poem. Didn’t know you were such an emotional romantique 🙂 I guess this is what Life is all about: being on the constant move.

    Have you seen your pic and profile at the Mizo blogger’s directory? 🙂

  2. chawngtinleri Said:

    Just saw it…lol.nice rip….though i’d prefer not to look so ‘clear’…haha. adds to the mystery of a nome-de plume. Anyway, thanks. 🙂

  3. benjamin Said:

    Nobody knows life! They only try!

  4. chawngtinleri Said:

    too right……however, what matters is how they try…i think….:)

  5. Peter_de_Ace Said:

    Don’t stare at the boughs and streams
    Like a cow or a sheep ( or a goat for that matter )
    You are pointlessly wasting your precious moments !

    Instead do something useful
    Always remember that time is ‘precious’
    You have miles to go before you sleep

  6. Peter_de_Ace Said:

    Don’t stand and stare at the boughs and streams
    Like a cow or a sheep ( or a goat for that matter )
    You are pointlessly wasting your precious moments !

    Instead do something useful
    Always remember that time is ‘precious’
    You have miles to go before you sleep


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