An old post of mine, brought to mind by the sad news of the death of Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac, there’s a link to his magical song about the dragonfly in here.
No time to stand and stare. You know the quote, don’t you?
Or do you?
‘What is this life if, full of care/ we have not time to stand and stare?’
[A classic example of the importance of commas, btw, but that’s not what I’m writing about.]
It’s taken from a poem called ‘Leisure’, one of a series of ‘Songs of Joy’ by Welsh poet –and tramp and novelist – William Henry Davies. He died in 1940. The poem was published in 1911.
Among the vagaries of his life was an accident jumping freight trains in Canada that left him without a foot and needing a wooden leg. He came back across the waves at that point, living rough in London doss-houses, writing poetry, self-publishing at a time when it was far from easy.
Out of that experience he drew his book, ‘Autobiography of a Super-Tramp’ – which reminds me…
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