Sunday 3 May 2009


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.



  1. Lucille...I've never heard this poem. It so eloquently says what I've been thinking of late. Just 2 days, as our family was watching 2 baby squirrels learn to eat from our bird feeder, I commented to my husband that there is so much going on in nature that we miss if we don't take the time to still.

    Thank you for sharing this...with your gorgeous pictures! I think I might just memorize it!!

  2. There's a new post. I thought your daughters might like to see an English squirrel learning to eat at *our* new bird feeder. I put it there for the blackbird nesting in the tree behind it but they're going to have to be quick!