Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Peace of the Wild Things

Dedicated to Marwa Rakha. My companion, my inspiration, and my friend!

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of 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.

This poem is mistakenly attributed to William Blake but the truth is it is by Wandell Berry (1934-present) and it's titled The Peace of the Wild Things 

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