Wendell Berry for your morning cup

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.

Wendell Berry, from New Collected Poems


  1. beautiful needed words.
    I miss the wild things.
    Love the photo as well! My cat would have panicked. Big time!

  2. So relevant right now, in this hectic world. Thanks Kate.

  3. Absolutely lovely. I love Wendell Berry's poems, essays and novels. I wonder if you've read 'Jayber Crow'? It's excellent. :)

  4. Very, very calming. Thank you...

  5. Really beautifull both the picture and the poem.
    I feel like that sometimes and I go to my mother´s and step bare foot on the cold grass.

  6. one of my all time favourites. thanks for reminding me of it again

  7. Whoa. I needed this at this exact moment. Thank you, woman.

  8. New to this lovely space of yours and so glad to have found my way here. Beautiful post, stunning words from WB, as usual.

  9. If you love Wendell Berry, try some of his essays. He focuses a lot on eco-criticism, I think you'd dig it.

  10. lovely thoughts~thanks for sharing


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