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What is this life, if full of care

September 7, 2010 by Prasanna

This after noon I opened my Simplenote at work, and found this new entry that I hadn’t added.

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 if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

This is mom’s favorite poem. I have come to expect her to recite the first line, every time I am too stressed or not seeing the big picture at times.

And yesterday, she got my brother to search for it and save it for her to read fully. He saved it in my Simplenote.


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