The Peace Of Wild Things Poem by Wendell Berry

The Peace Of Wild Things

Rating: 4.8

When despair 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 for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Jeffrey Tedford 14 October 2014

Compact and elegant, this poem reminds me of the important images of life. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light is especially haunting and elegiac. These lines are worthy of the great Romantic poets, whom I rank as Berry's forerunners and peers.

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Geoffrey Fafard 17 May 2015

I love the gentle wild..Always the soother..such a simple beautiful and important poem.

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Glenn Frederick Baker 19 May 2016

A soul balm, an escape ah how we need them.

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Stacia Norcross 25 May 2009

hey my name is Stacia, and im doing a school project on some kind of poem and poet and this was my favorite poem, but i just need some information on why you wrote this poem. so if you could email me back on why you wrote this. if you have anytime before tomorrow. please and thanks you.

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Tony Hoss 01 January 2018

beautiful poem flows with thought into the mind a dream

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Rob Lamberton 21 April 2023

Resting in the grace and beauty of nature!

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Julie Maltagliati 06 March 2022

Perfectly lovely.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 02 January 2022

A beautiful poem with a great message embellished with compelling images.

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Joe 22 November 2021

Whats up guys. I love This MAN do you not also?

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Chinedu Dike 03 August 2021

Well expressed thoughts and feelings. A work of an intricate mind....

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Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

Henry County, Kentucky
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