Why on earth am I asking you to read a poem when I’m normally sharing beauty and fashion nuggets of information? Well I have this poem here which I read in an acting class at The Actors Centre recently and after closer inspection realised that it is so relevant to each and every one of us. I remember reading poetry for my English Literature A Levels and finding it so irritating having to guess what the writer really meant by each and every word. Yet when I read this poem I didn’t need to think too hard it just made sense.
WHAT I LEARNT FROM THIS POEM
What I learnt from this poem and wanted to share with you all was that we never really stop do we. The poem says, “We have no time to stand and stare” and this is so true. You know when you wake up early in the morning, have a shower and sit on the end of your bed staring into space, yeah…that’s not the stopping and staring that I mean hehe. I mean that moment of wondering around and really taking in your environment and appreciating what you see. I personally spend most of my time looking down at my phone, somehow not walking into the road and killing myself, I have however walked into a few lamp posts in my time haha. I definitely feel we could all take a little bit more time in our lives to go out for a walk and observe, think and maybe even have a chat with a friend or loved one.
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.
Anyway, I’m not sure this will be one of my most read posts but it was just a little thought which I wanted to share with you all because it definitely made me stop and think for a moment in time.
What do you think of the poem? Do you take time to stop? Do you give yourself a break or are you always go go go?