Travel Theme : Poetry…


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.

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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.

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No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

Would you like this dance?

Would you like this dance?


No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

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A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies


What a change of challenge Ailsa has given us this week, “interpret poetry”. I am not a poetry reader but I do have a few that linger in my mind from times way past. Here is a previous post I did of my all time favourite “horses of the Camargue” . A stirring tribute to the horse. But today I have chosen another favourite. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of it.

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18 thoughts on “Travel Theme : Poetry…

  1. Hey P – not to sound cheesy – but this poem made me feel great – truly inspired words and I am the better for reading it – I also love the pictures – seamless! the dog dance – so fun. and the cow and the water -nice flow.
    never heard of William Henry Davies

    • I am not a great reader of poetry but remembered this poem from my school days (a very long time to remember it!!!) Your comments prompted me to look WH Davies up on Wikipedia. What an interesting life, I’m now inspired to search out more of his poems. Thank you for the lovely comment that got me going to Google…

      • well keep us posted on what your search shows up!

        • Here’s one of the interesting snippets about W.H. Davies “Davies spent a significant part of his life as a tramp or hobo, in the United Kingdom and United States, but became one of the most popular poets of his time. The principal themes in his work are observations about life’s hardships, the ways in which the human condition is reflected in nature, his own tramping adventures and the various characters he met.”

          • oh 0 thanks -this ties nicely into my Doors post for today – I have some homeless folks sleeping near a door and a bag lady.
            I wonder if these are the “hobos” of today.
            anyhow, it looks like his tramp/hobo days led to some great views, which poured out into his work. Thanks for sharing this Pomme

  2. Brilliant illustrations for this poem, great answer to the prompt, Pauline!

  3. Awesome post! Ailsa is gonna love it as much as I do!

    • Thanks Dawn. I rather like the sentiments now I am retired and have time to stand and stare!!!

  4. Such a great poem and sentiments and I love how cleverly you have selected the photos to match the lines. Good post PP 🙂

  5. Yes, great choices to go with the poem, an old favourite of mine!

  6. This made me smile pommepal. Thank you.

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