Time to Stand and Stare

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 “Leisure”

This would be a poor life indeed if we didn’t take time to stand and stare at all that is displayed before us – whether it is the golden cast at the beginning and endings of the days, the light dancing in streams and stars or simply staring at God’s creatures staring back at us.

People living in mighty cities may have more gratifying professional challenges, or greater earning potential, or experience the latest and greatest opportunities for entertainment. But they don’t have these sunrises and sunsets and hours of contentment as we watch time pass unclaimed and unencumbered.

Oh give me a home where the Haflingers roam,
where the deer and the corgi dogs play,
where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
and the skies are not cloudy all day…

5 thoughts on “Time to Stand and Stare

  1. Perfect reminder (and perhaps, gentle warning) of what we so carelessly miss each beginning and ending of the other-world beauty time-limited temporary journey given to us — free for the enjoying and nurturing of our soul as we ponder and await with joy our final home in eternity with Him..

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  2. Just in case, you haven’t heard it lately, that your words and images are truly a gift- a harvest reaped and made into bread… for this mom of four, theologian, teacher- I am so grateful for the warmth and nourishment of your choosing to share what has been given!

    Grace and peace,

    Amy

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