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

  • (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

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  • (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
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  • 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

  • (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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  • Robert Murray Smith (3/16/2017 5:26:00 AM)


    This poem shames those who have no time for nature. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/13/2016 12:15:00 AM)


    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare...these are the beginning lines those touch the heart deeply and all others lines are too fascinating. It is a great poem really, I like this poem very much.
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  • Robert Merrett (12/12/2016 11:46:00 PM)


    What a great poem identifying the disease of the modern age, that is a lack of presence and being caught or lost in thought outside of the present moment. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/12/2016 10:27:00 PM)


    leisure and quality time in nature 'to stand and stare' is an intriguing deeply fulfilling pastime if seriously quietly given time in silent stillnes to absorb so many thrilling mysteries in life. A beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • James Mclain Is It Poetry (12/12/2016 7:34:00 AM)


    Progress overwhelms U.S. all..iip (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (12/12/2016 7:19:00 AM)

    No time
    A nice poem about humans forced away from nature. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (12/12/2016 5:22:00 AM)


    Great poem. This reminds us of a life that has undergone changes for the worse over a period of time. We have no time left to enjoy small pleasures in our day to day life. I read it in my school and ever since it has stuck in my memory. Thank you PH for sharing the same. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/12/2016 4:38:00 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

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/12/2016 4:13:00 AM)

    Stare
    What is this life? ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/12/2016 1:38:00 AM)


    Excellent poem! ! ! ! ! .......++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • (3/20/2016 6:56:00 AM)


    I am so happy that I took the time, that day, over a decade ago to ask the question about this poem, that inhabited my mind and soul since youth, but which had faded through far too much self-indulgence over the years.
    I am so eternally grateful to Mr. Luis Gumucio of Santiago, Chile, for having given me the chance to rediscover this Wonder of the World, in every sense and to see tha a decade on so many of you are still manifesting your admiration for this extraordinary lesson in life.
    Thank you Willam Henry Davies.
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  • (2/14/2016 12:48:00 PM)


    Beautiful. .................poem (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2016 12:47:00 PM)


    Beautiful. ...................poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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