What is this life if?

My grandmother had this verse on her wall – I love the way these words are woven together.


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.

William Henry Davies 1871 – 1940

Hope you are having a good week and have a moment, or more, to stand and stare.

About Seba Silver

In June 2011 my wife and I opened a small store on the beautiful Dalmatian Island of Korcula. Our store (Seba Dizajn) showcases stunning filigree jewellery, all work is made on site offering you the fascinating chance to see filigree jewellery being made. Visit us at www.sebasilver.com to see and purchase some of our filigree jewellery. The Seba family have been working, and creating beautiful pieces of filigree jewellery for over 500 years.
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8 Responses to What is this life if?

  1. Helz-Design says:

    lovely poem 🙂

  2. theoddcoupleblogcom says:

    Love the poem and the sentiment behind it.

    • Seba Silver says:

      Thanks for joining us, glad you enjoyed the poem. We seem to rush thru this life all too quick these days, nice to sit/stand for a bit and contemplate nothing!

  3. carolinaheartstrings says:

    How timely! And to think it was written in an age that I would’ve imagined folks didn’t need to be reminded to stop and “be”….

  4. Thanks for my daily poetry lesson, Ruth!

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