Tag Archives: leisure

Time to stand and stare

National Poetry Month, Day 4  //  For too long I lived by the Red Queen’s advice to Alice: “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that” (Lewis Carroll, […]

Important work like sittin’ around fishin’

“Important work like sittin’ around fishin’ remains to be done.” In making this quaint observation, Pogo was not the first to recognize the importance of being alone and idle. The value of solitude has been affirmed throughout history. Early in the nineteenth century, Emerson wrote, “In the morning, — solitude;” said Pythagoras; that Nature may […]

This pushing off

This week I’ve been mostly disengaged from my usual occupations, or preoccupations, which has given me opportunity to consider again William Henry Davies’s observation, “A poor life this if, full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare.” Davies (1871-1940) was known as the “poet of the tramps,” a moniker that makes […]