Wendell Berry

(August 5, 1934 / Henry County, Kentucky)

The Peace Of Wild Things - Poem by Wendell Berry

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.


Comments about The Peace Of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

  • Mohammed Yunus (11/19/2018 5:15:00 AM)


    amaazing poetry....liked....! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (8/16/2018 8:05:00 AM)


    This version has a lot of mistakes... it's not correct (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2018 8:35:00 AM)


    Nice poem i liked it it was so goooooooooooooood (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 12:39:00 AM)


    The only solution is to be calm and passion. Nice work (Report) Reply

  • (5/18/2018 12:36:00 AM)


    Nice poem i liked it it was guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2018 10:05:00 AM)


    i love wendell berry and his long catalog of deep and inspiring poems. teehee, dab on em (Report) Reply

    (5/2/2018 7:38:00 PM)

    tanner fox vs ricegum brother? ? ? ?

    dab on them haters am i right? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • (4/9/2018 5:44:00 AM)


    this poem reminds me of a John Moriarty excerpt when he felt he wanted to rid his mind of all the learned dogmas there and reconnect with earth he went out and lay on the earth with his head in a hare's form and at another time in a wild bird's ground uninhabited nest. (Report) Reply

  • (4/7/2018 5:37:00 PM)


    to feel free is a wonderful feeling, enjoyed your poem Alan (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 7:33:00 AM)


    Full of feeling Very heart touching Just gripped my heart (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2018 7:30:00 PM)


    A gentle, flowing poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/21/2018 4:52:00 PM)


    Beautiful poem full of feeling. I have a BA in English, loved novels, short stories, poetry never really gripped my heart, but I love this poem heard Alan Alda recite it in the TV series ER, beautifully rendered by Alan. (Report) Reply

  • (1/7/2018 4:26:00 AM)


    Very beautiful, true and comforting. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Hoss (1/1/2018 7:38:00 PM)


    beautiful poem flows with thought into the mind a dream (Report) Reply

  • (12/22/2017 10:43:00 AM)


    the first time I read this poem I fell in love with it.. One of my favorite poems of all times. I post it with differing pics on FB (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2017 10:59:00 PM)


    nice poem, Thanksgiving for sharing this lovely poem.10++++ (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2017 5:40:00 PM)


    Have a human being read this The robot completely destroys the poem (Report) Reply

  • (11/22/2017 10:13:00 AM)


    I wrote this down today and will continue to everyday because when I write I meditate best. You? What helps you meditate? (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2017 2:04:00 PM)


    u got the first line wrong (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2016 3:58:00 AM)


    A soul balm, an escape ah how we need them. (Report) Reply

  • Geoffrey Fafard (5/17/2015 7:49:00 AM)


    I love the gentle wild..Always the soother..such a simple beautiful and important poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, July 18, 2014


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