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I’ve taken it upon myself to learn a poem or two off by heart each month. This month, I went for an easy option as I vaguely know this poem (though always botch up the middle bit) and it’s short.

Such a simple poem but one carrying a very important message. To pause from time to time and appreciate the beauty of nature and the world in which we live.

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?