A Time To Sit And Stare in The August Heat

I’ve updated an old blog about an anonymous poem August Heat and W. H. Davies’s famous poem No Time to Stand and Stare. I include my own poem influenced by these two great poets. It is Time to Stand and Stare.

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August Heat is the title of an anonymous poem that I rather like. It describes exactly what I do when the weather is hot. It speaks of doing nothing other than sitting. Suits me!

August Heat

In August, when the days are hot,
I like to find a shady spot,
And hardly move a single bit—
And sit—
And sit—
And sit!


And sit, and sit, and sit!

We may never know the name of the poet who wrote August Heat. It is a poem that (in my mind) I link with the great poem, Leisure by the Welsh poet W. H. Davies. Davies wrote this in 1911.


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,

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4 responses to “A Time To Sit And Stare in The August Heat”

  1. Thank you Clive! I imagine it might be a trifle intimidating to arrive from 1911 to today! First question might be, “ Where are the horses?”
    Appreciate you including me in the poets of wisdom category 😁
    thank you 🙏


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