Monday, August 04, 2008
That magic place
The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world 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 with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
I know I have posted this poem before, maybe even a couple of times, but it came to mind again today when I had to take myself to the place where the wood drake rests so I could gather to myself the peace of wild things.
My magic place indeed.