365 Writing Prompts: Playtime

Do you play in your daily life? What says “Playtime” to you?”

To answer your question I’d like to quote a poem by William Henry Davies.

The title of the poem is : Leisure

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.

Yes I feel the same as the poet, playtime, I have none, I do not have the pleasure of playing, my work piles up everyday because I’m unable to get it done at the end of the day.

Unfortunately I cannot waste any minute staring at anything!





6 thoughts on “365 Writing Prompts: Playtime

    • It is sometimes but other times it takes a lot out of me and I have to wonder ,”Is it Pay-time or intense work time?”
      I wish I could ask ,’William Henry Davies,’ this question.Thank you Noah, I love discussing things that you put before me.

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for sharing this very nice poem by William Henry Davies. This beautiful poem and post remind me of how I am currently striving to achieve better balance between work and home, work having too much taken over this life.

    The poem (“Sweet Darkness”) by David Whyte, recently posted on my blog, mentions:

    “When your eyes are tired

    the world is tired also.

    When your vision has gone

    no part of the world can find you.”

    Your post today reminded me of those lines by Whyte which point to how the world does indeed change for us when what is *in* us is tired, overworked, or malnourished. My wish is for the world to be brighter, and I thus must get busy with revivifying what is in my interior.

    All good wishes,


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