Why is it good to just stand and stare sometimes?

 Rene Magritte’s “The False Mirror”

William Henry Davies in his poem “Leisure” answers:

Leisure
by W.H. 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 day light,
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.

from Songs Of Joy and Others (1911)

Please also see this post about squirrels.


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