“Leisure” Poem

Our assignment here was to write a stanza to take the place of the original third stanza in William Henry Davies’ poem, “Leisure“. Addition marked in bold italics.


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 remember in idle thought,
That which all of time forgot.
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.

 

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