taking time to stand and stare  

slightly_sexy8 39F
361 posts
9/27/2005 10:29 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

taking time to stand and stare

Today at work I was standing at the photocopy machine and a man I work with came and stood behind me.

I looked over my shoulder and said hello but I wasn't really paying attention to him, just concentrating on trying to figure out how to do double-sided copying.

I guess a few minutes passed. He started quoting a poem as he stood behind me. Not a whole poem, just a few lines. It was actually quite lovely but took me totally by surprise. I turned around and I laughed but I really didn't know what to say to him.

He asked me if I knew the poem and said that he was kind of hoping it was my favourite one? I told him that I did know the poem, and it is actually one I do like; not my favourite by far but one that I had read quite often. Really I just got embarrassed and flustered and didn't know how to react. I don’t even really remember leaving the room. In some ways I don't quite know how to take it, what it meant, if it meant anything at all. I guess it was just a very nice way of brightening up someone’s day, but still, seems a bit odd for work?

The poem:


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.

-Wm. Henry Davies

Image - David Hockney, Cacti on Terrace


rm_being_eros 47M
41 posts
9/27/2005 7:43 pm

couple of things:
1. "brightening up someone’s day" - a very diplomatic term for
what was actually going on!
2. still, such a nice way to make a compliment, one must admit
(and take notes, and learn some poems!)
3. did you figure out double-sided copying?

rm_being_eros 47M
41 posts
9/27/2005 7:45 pm

one more:
4. why the cacti?

Erik_Bloodaxe 58M

9/28/2005 4:09 pm

Curious. Intriguing.

slightly_sexy8 39F
314 posts
9/29/2005 1:41 pm

curious? intriguing?

do you mean my post, being eros, or the cacti?

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