Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Relaxing Scene

A favourite poet of mine is William Henry Davies. Perhaps his best known poem is ‘Leisure’, which is reproduced below.

In these times, people are always rushing about. They seldom put aside time to unwind. They must be on the go all the time.

Time rushes by. Why not relax now, and spend time to explore the photo above? Be calm; be quiet; let your eye look at every detail. Enjoy being still.

Leisure by W. H. 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 and 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 if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


W. H. Davies

William Henry Davies
Poets’ Corner – W. H. Davies

W H Davies

W H Davies Manuscripts


Paul Mullings said...

Enjoyed the poem Bill ,thank you . Is the photo at Heybridge?
P.S. I am back in the UK next month and there to the beginning of July, we must catch up.

Unknown said...

Im familiar with the poem, Bill, but I have to say, it looses nothing whatsoever with the re-reading. Thankyou so much.

Alden Smith said...

Good poem Bill. I like the photo as well. The yacht on the right is someones pride and joy (no doubt). The one on the left looks like a Hillyard? - The one in the middle (Schooner rigged?) looks very interesting indeed - she looks like a serious cruising boat of some gravitas? I wonder who designed her?

Alden Smith said...

No, not a schooner - aft mast not of sufficient diameter.

William Serjeant said...


The photo was taken beside Priors boatyard at Burnham-on-Crouch looking towards Wallasy Island.

Am I right in thinking you are due to arrive in the UK on 15th May?

I'll look forward to meeting up.


Paul Mullings said...

Yes Bill that is correct. I will call you once I am settled in and over any jet lag!

Jim Schofield said...

Thanks Bill, for reminding me of that great poem and a smashing picture. Even a few minutes a day is good practice for standing and staring.