Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Peace of Wild Things

This was fun...Mom just found this Wendell Berry poem today. I think it may be expressing, more eloquently and with added prose, a similar thought to yesterday's post, Reflections from a Journey into the Wilderness.

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 Selected Poems of Wendell Berry