William Henry Davies' poem, "Leisure," is about people being too busy, and worrying about trivial things at the expense of their leisure time. This causes people to miss out on many beautiful and pleasing aspects of nature, including blooming flowers and the feeling of the wind. The poem also mentions how people have ignored nature because they are preoccupied with material goods.
Davies laments man's increasing preoccupation with money and status. He mourns the time when people were more in tune with the world around them.
Davies was born in Wales, and lived much of his life without money or status. Most of his poetry is focused on nature, but he also wrote an autobiography and novels.