Leisure (As Imagined By Dog) #poems #poetry

Continuing my series of re-imagined favourite poems, today we arrive at Leisure By W H Davies, no 14 on the Nation’s Fav list


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 and 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.

It’s about time Dog was given free rein to reveal his poetry skills so this is his/our take. Dog has been with us 5.5 years now so the pictures come from the archive

What is this life, if full of care

You sit unshod upon the stair

While I, Good Dog stand, lead in jaw

Imagining life beyond the door

The park, sniff-full of every breed

Who’ll have covered where last I peed.

Squirrels anxious to play chase,

The Kid I’ll lick to clean his face,

Secret corners where I can poop

Though why you follow, it to scoop

And tie it up in a little sack

Wasting time before we go back.

You don’t need to clean it up

I’m not your standard mucky pup

Please find your shoes, tie the laces

And I’ll take you now to those places

Full of fun and grass, the freshest air

While I’ll play, you’ll stand and stare.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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39 Responses to Leisure (As Imagined By Dog) #poems #poetry

  1. Ah… a dog’s life. This was such a fun morning break, Geoff — and Dog. Hugs!

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  2. Ritu says:

    Why Dog, you’re quite the poet!

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  3. Oh lovely Geoff. Love the clips.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Dog, Don’t you know the value of your poop?

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  5. Love me a happy pup! ❤

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    There is nothing so sensible as the thoughts of a dog. 💜💜💜

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  7. Sue Vincent says:

    Hey Milo! You’re pretty good at this! Just back from a walk myself, seeing off the combine harvester in my fields. I don’t care for the things…makes the field all prickly on my feet when I’m chasing pheasants. Much love, Ani xxx

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  8. Darlene says:

    That is one smart and good looking pup! He enjoys the beach just like our Dot does.

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  9. There’s no dog like a happy, well loved dog! Milo is the second best dog in the world – but clearly the best dog poet! The clips are such fun! My favourite photo is the one where there is a question in Milo’s mind of whether it is safe to go past the cat….. it’s often not!

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    Big smiles, you give to me, while I wonder where to pee. Such a joyful set of shots and words.

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    First off, I thought the first poem was the parody! I loved your rendition which was far superior. How ever did you get the dog to sit still at the table with food near by?

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  12. What a cutie. The poem as imagined by Dog is better than the original, imho. Thanks for the laugh. 😀

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  13. Aww love this!! 😀🐶

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Charli Mills says:

    A Dose of Dog does everyone good!

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