Thursday, 29 October 2015

Making stand and stare

In the early 1900s, William Henry Davies knew something about mindfulness (or a lack of it) ! 

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 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 is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. 

William Henry Davies, 1911

Today, I MADE time to stop and the autumn leaves that had arrived in Hyde Park. I feel like I have been totally overdoing it lately and stopping for just 30 seconds to observe my surroundings made such a difference. The clocks went back on Saturday night and it feels like the season has really changed. I adore days like this when the sky is bluer than any Ipswich Town shirt I've ever owned and the leaves are golden and crispy. These pics don't really do it justice - 

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