The Peace of Wild Things (Wendell Berry)

With thanks to Kate DiCamillo who writes wonder-inspiring FB posts (as well as perfect books). I love a poem that I can understand:) Hope you all make time to get out and find peace in Nature every chance you get!

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair 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 for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 

– Wendell Berry

  3 comments for “The Peace of Wild Things (Wendell Berry)

  1. August 10, 2017 at 8:47 am


  2. August 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

    One of my favourite poems since becoming aware of Wendell Berry’s writings a couple of years ago. Lovely. His words are like balm for the soul.

    • August 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I don’t read a lot of poetry, but this one sure spoke to me. I’ll have to look up some of his other work.

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