Saturday, February 02, 2008

3rd Annual Brigid in Cyberspace Poetry Reading

I found this on Table Talk's blog.

WHAT: A Bloggers (Silent) Poetry Reading
WHEN: Anytime February 2, 2008
WHERE: Your blog
WHY: To celebrate the Feast of Brigid, aka Groundhog Day
HOW: Select a poem you like - by a favorite poet or one of your own - to post February 2nd.

See here for more details.

Not knowing what Groundhog Day is I looked it up on Wikipedia. If a groundhog (also known as a ground squirrel, woodchuck or marmot) emerges from its burrow on February 2 and doesn't see its shadow it's a sign that winter is ending, but if it does see its shadow that's a sign that winter is still here and the groundhog goes back to its burrow.Winter then comntinues for 6 more weeks.

No sign of a groundhog here today (or any other day) but there are signs that winter is ending in this part of Britain, if not further north where there have been severe snow storms. I thought this poem is a reminder to slow down and enjoy life.


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

W.H. Davies (1871 - 1940) was a Welsh poet, known as 'The People's Poet' and a 'Super-Tramp'. See Welsh Heroes for more information.


Table Talk said...

I really love this poem, BooksPlease. Thanks for sharing it. And I'm so pleased the weather hasn't been too bad for you, I've been worrying how you were managing.

BooksPlease said...

This poem is one I should remember more often. I read on your blog you had a light covering of snow - we're very lucky here, so far we haven't had any snow and the forecast for the next five days looks ok - just light showers and some sunshine!

Cath said...

Like a lot of people I know the first two lines of this well and I've often wondered how the rest of it goes. Now I know - and it's charming.