Wendell Berry

Henry County, Kentucky
Wendell Berry
Henry County, Kentucky

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.
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COMMENTS
Susan Powers 04 February 2021
The first line is incorrect and needs to be fixed! When despair FOR THE WORLD grows in me.The poetry should be accurate
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Nature is a soothing healer..Lovely poem.. a 5star one too.
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Hakim Archuletta 21 November 2020
It's really beyond belief that the poems are read by a machine, sort of obscene really. Who, how, did anyone imagine that to be OK? Is it some sort of bitter unconscious anger? Does that architect secretly hate poetry itself?
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Sade’ 23 July 2020
Very beautiful poem however is it appropriate other then that I loved the poem
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Ivy L 13 July 2020
The poem starts out, “When despair for the world grows in me.“ You skipped an important part
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This is really a nice poetry
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VLAshley 21 May 2020
The imagery is beautiful, like, dude... I feel like we, as a species, can feel the pain of empathy far too strongly. A curse and a blessing.
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Elizabeth 18 May 2020
The timing, now, especially...stirs me. Oh this man gets it. A stunning reminder.
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lili zamorano 21 April 2020
I have come to this poem over and over when I am in despair. I helps me center my thoughts at how simple joy can come.
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Frances Winfield 29 March 2020
How beautiful. As a fellow conservationist, These words touched my heart.
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