Thursday, 27 June 2013

No Time to Stand and Stare




[Lay back on the garden of leisure/hold on to the new-find pleasure/let go off the oppressive stress/ hands and legs you may stretch/switch off the mind/off load your worries/let happiness bloom around you???

My composition abruptly stopped. The adamant pen, giggling at my verbose, refused to move further on the A4 sheet. Hmmm, even a pen knows about a grain form the chaff; knows the worth of a write better than the writer. Thus my attempt to write a prescription for how to live on and how to sing a song of peace through a poem ended in a fiasco. However, W.H. Davies came to my rescue. His poem ‘Leisure’, which I present here, reflects my thoughts of how to walk through the debris of the modern life. Amen.]


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 day light,
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.

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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for your visit and comments. Happy times.

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  2. 'We have no time to stand and stare.'...Beautiful and poignant!

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  3. Very beautifully presented..really in modern times we hardly find time for ourselves...

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  4. Wish I could stand and stare.
    I remember learning this in my school days, so glad to read it once more now.

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  5. This poem was printed on the back covers of all my books as a kid up to 10th Standard. Am glad to come across it once again after nearly 5 years.

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  6. Your poems is like John Keats' poems,your prose style is best like written by Edmond Burke in the language

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  7. well presented. after all, we badly need time for ourselves..

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  8. I remember studying this poem in school. At that time, I thought it's stupid. Today I realize otherwise.

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  9. Nice poem I read it in school,since then I am in love with this poem,
    "kabhi waqt nahin milta kabhi hum nahin milte,
    kash ye din raat kabhi na badalte"

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  10. Your poem is really beautiful. Please keep writing.

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  11. It is a poor life indeed ...

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  12. Beautiful!!

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  13. Excellent! This is one of the most memorable poems because of its sweet reminder to fill life with pure joy by enjoying proximity to nature through the exploration of the surroundings. But unfortunately we are so preoccupied with the rat race of life that we really do not have the time to stand and stare. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well as the sweet poem.

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  14. This is a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing this, haven't read it before.

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  15. No time to stand and stare...true!
    Liked it!!

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  16. What a beautiful poem...and so true! Thanks for sharing

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  17. how true and how gently he reminds what a waste our life is if we do not have time for these simple pleasures in life.

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  18. A thought provoking poem indeed. We do have time for everything in life. It all depends upon where we find pleasure.

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  19. Nice post. Life is some thing different and we should learn to live and let live. True, what is that life when you do not have time to see what you have?

    Thought provoking one...

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  20. Wonderful poem.. thanks for sharing..

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  21. We had this poem in our school days. Have wonderful memoirs associated with it. Thanks for sharing!

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