Take Time to Notice the Stars

Nature tutor by Umair Zia_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.

One of the greatest dilemmas of our time, our eyes are blind to all the beauty around us. Consequently, life has become dull and colorless. If only we could take the time out to relish the glory around us and reflect on all that it has to offer. That would be indeed an enriching experience, in contrast to our dull everyday schedules. There is a need consciously to set aside time to ponder upon the universe and let nature heal our souls.

Title: Leisure
Year of Poem: 1911
Writer: William Henry Davies
Birthplace of Writer: United Kingdom