Poetry Friday: “The Peace of Wild Things”

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“The Peace of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the lease 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…

Read the rest of the poem here

By Dcordero7965 at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Dcordero7965 at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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16 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “The Peace of Wild Things”

  1. I just love this poem, truly one for our times, Catherine. Those last lines…that’s what I’ve been immersing myself in these past weeks at the farm. Looking forward to your visit!

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  2. It isn’t exactly a “wild place”, but when I’m outside in my own garden, I do feel this, Catherine. Wendell Berry wrote it right, didn’t he? “I come into the peace of wild things” Thanks, good to have a reminder of this poem.

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  3. Catherine, thank you for this lovely poem. It came at just the right time for me. I am waiting for the still water to surround me.
    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.

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  4. Excellent timing! I experienced some wild things this morning: a bird nesting on my flip flops in the car port, and a teeny tiny black racer (snake) in the driveway. I only shrieked a little. 🙂 But being around these wild things made me think how blessed we are to be alive amid such wonder.

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  5. Ahh…thank you for this. It resonates the same notes as the article I posted on FB: “Remember that self-care is not apathy, and that sensory overload isn’t social justice.”

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