The Peace of Wild Things – a poem by Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things

By 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.

Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998. Published and reprinted by arrangement with Counterpoint Press.

Source: Collected Poems 1957-1982 (Counterpoint Press, 1985)

I followed the wise words of Wendell Berry and went to Pauatahanui today.

By the Inlet I found a Heron feeding….

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And not a wood drake but a solitary Black Swan.

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The Wild Things were calm and untaxed.

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The water still and beautiful.

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It was easy to breathe and calm and feel restored.

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12 thoughts on “The Peace of Wild Things – a poem by Wendell Berry

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I love this poem. I read it a while back on someone else’s blog, amongst the comments.It has relevance to me. I have been waiting to share it with some appropriate images.

      Reply
  1. Juliet

    What beautiful peaceful images Lynley. I especially love the heron. The poem leads into the images just perfectly. Thank you for this serenity.

    Reply
  2. Jo Woolf

    How beautiful, Lyn. This brought tears to my eyes. Such wise words, and we all need that calm and stillness sometimes – the thing is that we forget we need it.

    Reply

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