The Peace of Wild Things

Camping along the Appalachian Trail.


I posted this Wendell Berry poem a few years ago that a friend passed on to me.
I thought it was so beautiful and relevant, always relevant.
During this pandemic, I thought it was worth passing on, again.

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“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.

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