Sunday, December 06, 2009


Exquisite Pregnant Idleness

Walter de la Mare, Owl:
Apart, thank Heaven, from all to do
To keep alive the long day through;
To imagine; think; watch; listen to;
There still remains - the heart to bless,
Exquisite pregnant Idleness.

Why, we might let all else go by
To seek its Essence till we die . . .

Hark, now! that Owl, a-snoring in his tree,
Till it grow dark enough for him to see.
Walter Jack Duncan, Illustration for Christopher Morley's On Laziness

Hat tip: Stephen Pentz

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