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.
I just love this poem….! How well it suits our present lifestyle! We are so preoccupied in our own world that we overlook the small things that spreads happiness and warmth. Nowadays we crave for materialistic stuff to rule our lives and further ignore the charm of natural beauty. Everyday erratic schedules, hectic work, new challenges, peer-pressure seem to hover around us and we tend to disregard a life beyond work. This poem ironically states that… and draws our attention to what we are missing around us.,