Stare and care

Stare and care 500 500 Sybille Sciamma

“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.”

William Henry Davies, Leisure

How much I like to stand and stare,
find a quiet moment to do nothing
and be dreamy

Let laziness get hold of me
abandon any will
to achieve anything
revel on inner peace
and softness of being

But I don’t want to forget
how caring can also be pleasant
caring with your own hands
make, repair, mend, bake
bath a baby, sort the laundry
prepare a meal

Caring too with your mind and heart:
organise, manage, make stuff happen
like you would plant and care for a seed
imagine and deploy a project

Stare and care
like you breath in and out
like you walk right and left
like a danse
like a feast

John Constable, The Cottage in a Cornfield, Victoria and Albert Museum, London