Thursday, October 28, 2010


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 stars 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.
                                       William Henry Davies

I have been reminded lately how important it is to take time to notice the beauty around us.
Hope you make some time to "stand and stare" this weekend.


Jenni said...

What a wonderful post! First it made me smile, and then it made me made me happy all over again that I am keeping up with your blog. I enjoy it every time I visit....

Have a happy day!

Karen said...

Oh, another of my favorites! This is in my poem book;). Aren't we so blessed!?! Where did you find that beautiful bovine anyhow?
love you

Jenni said...

It's me again! Are we allowed to post twice? LOL!

I had to see the picture of the happy cow and little contented squirrel lying on it's tummy again....

They make me smile....

Southern Lady said...

What glorious pictures, Carolyn, and I love the poem. "Standing and staring" is one of my favorite pasttimes ... especially when I have my camera with me.

This was a wonderful post, but then, all of yours are!

Southern Lady said...

Sorry ... I misspelled "pastime" in my comment above, and couldn't stand not to correct it.