In the next few couplets, he describes the various things that people are not able to do due to lack of leisure.
Next, we find sheep and cows can often be seen standing still in vast open fields and staring into a distance. People living a busy life would not possess the Leisure to stand under the branches of trees and keep gazing on and on like such ruminants:
W. H. Davies further adds that when such people pass a forest or woodland, they would be in too much of a hurry to notice the nooks and crannies in the grass where squirrels conceal their nuts. They would not possess the Leisure to notice the various aspects of the natural world around them:
In daylight, streams appear to be sparkling under the effect of sunshine making it seem as if the streams are full of stars like the night sky. However, such beauties of nature are likely to be missed by people overburdened by anxiety and living a life of haste without any leisure, remarks W.H. Davies:
There are two ways of looking at the fifth and sixth couplets of the poem: literally and metaphorically.
Looking at it literally, we can easily add that the poet states that the rush of life provides people with no Leisure to turn at the glance of a beautiful maiden and marvel at her dancing feet. They are unable to leisurely observe her as her mouth shapes out a smile that started from her eyes.
Looking at it metaphorically, W.H. Davies has personified the beauty of the world around us which many often fail to observe due to a lack of leisure. The dancing feet and enchanting smile refers to various aspects of the beauty around us:
In the final couplet of the poem, Davies states that a life which is so bogged down by worry that it allows one no time for Leisure is indeed a miserable life. If read the first couplet of Leisure carefully, we will notice that although it ends with a full stop, (and is hence in the form of a statement) it can also be interpreted as a question asked by the poet. In that case, the final couplet can be seen as W. H. Davies’ answer to his own question: