These reflections led me to partially recall a poem I enjoyed when I was at school but all I could remember was “time to stand and stare”. Of course, with the wonders of the internet it was not long before I found this short piece by William Henry Davies. I need to practice these sentiments on The Road to Elgol. . .
Stand and Stare by 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 is, full of care,
We have not time to stand and stare.
Stand and stare … Since I started my journey with photography I found a new way of quieting the mind and really be present to what is in front of me. Even when the results are disappointing, the process has been and still is a balm and a source of renewed energy.
Thank you for sharing the poem. I wish you a very happy and fulfilling standing and staring!
Thank you. I will post further about my success in trying to be more in the present. . .