“The Peace of Wild Things”

Wendell Berry has long been a light for those seeking to understand themselves as a part of the materiality of creation. This classic poem finds Berry seeking solace among wildness. There, away from the noise of despair, he finds a breath of freedom.


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.

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