the peace of wild things

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.

Wendell Berry

3 thoughts on “the peace of wild things

  1. I have so enjoyed your contemplative posts this week ~ the photos and the poetry. It has been a peaceful and inspiring place to visit.
    Thank you ~~~~~

  2. Thanks, Christine! I found a new book of poems by Wendell Berry that made me think of your meditations. Can’t wait to share them with you!

    David, I just love your open-hearted welcoming for my little offerings! Poetry is so powerful in its ability to reach under our hearts and … tickle! 😀

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