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

  • VLAshley (5/21/2020 12:46:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Elizabeth (5/18/2020 4:30:00 PM)

    The timing, now, especially...stirs me. Oh this man gets it. A stunning reminder.(Report)Reply

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  • lili zamorano (4/21/2020 8:53:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Frances Winfield (3/29/2020 10:09:00 PM)

    How beautiful. As a fellow conservationist, These words touched my heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Sarah ShahzadSarah Shahzad (12/23/2019 5:26:00 AM)

    Wonderful, it is an amazing piece of poetry! keep sharing..(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/7/2019 6:31:00 PM)

    Beautiful rendition of words to utmost justice. A poignant work from a sober mind.(Report)Reply

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  • Bhagabat Prasad HottaBhagabat Prasad Hotta (9/17/2019 7:26:00 AM)

    Nice poem sir.so beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Dave Chisholm (4/7/2019 11:32:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem! Who did the art-work next to the Rillito River in Tucson, AZ which acconmpanies this poem? (chisholm@email.arizona, edu)(Report)Reply

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  • A beautiful poem! (4/7/2019 11:30:00 PM)

    Who did the beautiful art-work next to the Rillito River in Tucson, AZ (near Campbell Ave.) which accompanies
    this poem?

    Dave Chisholm
    chisholm@email.arizonal.edu(Report)Reply

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  • Oten Vivian (2/25/2019 2:57:00 PM)

    Add a comment.Beautiful(Report)Reply

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

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

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  • Nazmia (8/16/2018 8:05:00 AM)

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

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  • Heads (7/8/2018 8:35:00 AM)

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

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  • Rafique Gibran (5/22/2018 12:39:00 AM)

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

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  • Heads (5/18/2018 12:36:00 AM)

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

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  • William G (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

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

    tanner fox vs ricegum brother? ? ? ?

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

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  • rose moran (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

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  • alan brown (4/7/2018 5:37:00 PM)

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

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  • Arsh Kashif (3/28/2018 7:33:00 AM)

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

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  • Stellar Lights (3/13/2018 7:30:00 PM)

    A gentle, flowing poem.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, July 18, 2014


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