Saturday, August 01, 2020


Here is a great poem for you and your family to read aloud and eventually quote by memory.
Although published in 1911, it was a commentary on the "hectic pace of modern life."

People who lived aforetime thought their lives were too rushed and full of pressure! Poets and writers admonished people to "stop and smell the roses."


by William Henry Davies (Welsh: 1871-1940)

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


Lady Virtue said...

Wow! If the people of the early 20th century thought their lives were too busy, what would they think about today's modern life?

God, family, home, and country are all that really matter.

Donna Johnson said...

Thank you Miss Lydia, Mrs.Sherman The poem is a beautiful reminder.🥰

Craig & Denyse said...

Hi Lydia!

Something funny... I used to listen to people ask my mother to tell them about the good ole days and she'd answer, "What good ole days? We worked!"

Thanks! Thought-provoking and stimulating as always.

Lydia said...

True. The good old days was mostly hard work and not much leisure.

Laura Jeanne said...

I love this poem. It is so true, and wise.

Kimberly said...

Thank you for the reminder. Something I have been praying on and speaking to God on is stillness and being home more. Looking into my son's face, actually seeing him and not just the demands of each moment.

Mrs. M. said...

Such a beautiful reminder. I feel more calm just reading it.

Polly said...

What a wonderful poem and such a true sentiment! Thank you for sharing.