Tuesday, August 16, 2016


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 wood 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 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.

William Henry Davies


Feeling a call to slow down and enjoy the moments as we turn the corner on the final weeks of August. Maybe you too?

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I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. It seems that the need to slow down and enjoy life has been a challenge for even those people in the ‘old days.’ I’m not in a rush for summer to be over.

    1. I think you’re right, Karen, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in canning–much like our grandmothers were at this time of year–and realizing I need to slow down and experience the gift of summer more because it’s so fleeting. Still work to do of course but, like our grandmothers, maybe need some porch sitting time to balance it out.

      Have a great day!

    2. Oh yes, forgot to mention, I made tomato pie for supper last night. Same recipe I used last year that I got from our blog. So delicious!

  2. I love this poem , it’s so very true . Your photo captures the essence . Where oh where has this year gone… right I’m sitting down and enjoying what’s left of August .

    1. Where has it gone, indeed! Seems like such a short time ago we were getting used to writing 2016 and now we’re nearing the end of summer. Time passes so quickly.

  3. I subscribe to the poetic message but often don’t practice it. The photograph simply glows!

    1. It’s a challenge for many of us, isn’t it? Though I’m convinced that there is a balance to be found. One day.

      Many thanks for your kind words about the photo!

  4. I stop and stare at a lot of things. People might think I’m weird.

    1. Not weird. Thoughtful. ?

  5. Right there with you Linda. I think everyone can benefit from slowing down. It’s a good way to take inventory of what important.

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