The peace of wild things

March 12, 2016

peace-of-wild-thingsThe Peace of Wild Things
Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

12 comments on “The peace of wild things
  1. Rosemond says:

    Beautiful words. I think we can all relate to that free floating despair, especially as parents.

  2. Donna Parker says:

    I so needed to remember this today. Thank you. Shared.

  3. Carolann says:

    Wow, I never read that poem before. What a beauty. I love the first few lines..thanks for sharing this Carol.

  4. Yes. Yes. Completely true for me. Thanks, Carol!

  5. Beautiful poem and beautiful picture too.

  6. Hi Carol! I love Wendall Berry and this poem! Thank you for reminding me to rest in the peace of wild things today.

  7. Amy Putkonen says:

    Earth/Nature and its lovely natural creatures certainly do calm the mind, don’t they? Nice poem.

  8. Nature is like a salve for the heart and soul. It always has a calming effect on me.

  9. Anna Palmer says:

    The is beautiful. I love the cadence as well as the sentiment.

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