William Henry Davies

(3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940 / Monmouthshire / Wales)

Leisure - Poem by William Henry 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 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 is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


Comments about Leisure by William Henry Davies

  • (4/21/2018 7:14:00 AM)


    How true (Report) Reply

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  • (4/16/2018 10:48:00 PM)


    Please try with male voice. More effective (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2018 9:49:00 AM)


    The BEST (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2018 8:10:00 AM)


    Add a comment.watch (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2018 1:46:00 AM)


    hi hello bonjour hola (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 5:32:00 PM)


    Amazing poem, where can I get a framed copy of this (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2018 2:40:00 AM)


    ...i read it more as i grow older to make up for those who don't (Report) Reply

  • (3/10/2018 9:19:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. It simply try to give impression that life without any interest in nature is worthless. Nice rhyme and a great flow. Loved it (Report) Reply

  • (2/21/2018 12:21:00 PM)


    Very
    interesting it caught my attention
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  • (2/2/2018 9:09:00 PM)


    The older I get, the more impact this poem has for me. The opening line was slightly familiar, and grabbed my attention, but now that I read it all, it's message comes through loud and clear. (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2018 4:00:00 AM)


    is good because your life or time will go very fast (Report) Reply

  • (1/9/2018 9:40:00 PM)


    i hate this poem. we are currently reading it in class and our homework is to have leisure in nature for fifteen minutes for the last two weeks. its ruining my life. i spend all day on an xbox but she makes us verify if we spent out time outside. my mom realized that this poem is talking about real life and put parental controls on my xbox. go kys W.H davis, o i forgot, HES DEAD! (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2017 7:22:00 PM)


    i learnt this poem in 1980 when i was a primary school teacher. now i am retired from my job and am having leusure to care the nature.. thanks to the poet (Report) Reply

    (3/5/2018 10:03:00 AM)

    Yes I must admit I thought the same as you although x box was not about then but noe I am 56 am have always remembered this poem it holds a different meaning all too soon time has passed you by

  • (11/18/2017 8:48:00 AM)


    A very good poem exposing the ills of the society we live in today. So, it is satirical. It is also ironical looking at it from the angle of its title Leisure because there is nobody, even children of today do not have time to stand and stare, to look at nature, to take time out of our busy schedule, to relax - this we hardly do. No wonder the Poet in the last stanza of the poem said that this life is then a poor one if despite full of care, yet it doesn't have anyone to stand and stare. (Report) Reply

  • (11/16/2017 6:11:00 PM)


    I love this poem! ! ! It is so so true of life today. Children don't go out to play, teenagers don't go out until after 10pm the nation walk around either talking or playing games on a mobile phone! ! ! No time to take a walk in the country to a park or a beach. So sad but that is life today 😔 (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2017 5:40:00 AM)


    woweyyyyy what a poem.
    LOVE IT
    THANK YO W.H DAVIES
    (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (10/2/2017 7:30:00 AM)


    I have loved this poem since childhood. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (3/31/2017 5:29:00 AM)


    This is a very impressive poem. Here the poet describes the preciousness and importance of 'break' in our Life. (Report) Reply

  • Sandeep Dongre (3/23/2017 11:52:00 PM)


    We are running after a material world and we naively think that by building temples and churches that our saviour lives there. In fact God is nature. And by being blind to nature we in away are blind to God himself.
    I love this poet for being so simple in narrating a thought in the most simple words.
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  • Tom Allport (1/5/2017 9:22:00 AM)

    tom allport
    brilliant poem, and even more relevant to day? it is a pity beauty has to pay. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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