Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Peace in Poetry

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. 
~ Wendell Berry


  1. Beautiful poem and photograph.

  2. The outside greenness, the wildness of woods, all of nature soothes the soul.
    Wendell Berry is a favorite of mine.

    1. Wendell Berry is also one of my favorites, as is that photograph taken by my youngest son.

  3. Thank-you for all of that. xo

  4. Thank you for the beautiful poem and the beautiful fox!

  5. Perfect pairing of poem and photo. Thank you.

  6. Thank you for that beautiful pause in my day.

  7. Perfect and beautiful - thank you for sharing. Wendell Berry is sooooo good. And, your son took an amazing photo.

  8. Wendell Berry has a superb way of bringing us back to a place of peace. I recently read this poem, but I've read so much WB lately, I'm not sure where it was. Thank you for sharing it.

  9. Ahhhh, Wendell Berry! He is so magnificent! Thank you for sharing!

  10. I would love to see a collection of Berry's poems with Justin's photographs. I think the two of them would have a wonderful time on the collaboration ... and think how much we'd enjoy the outcome :-)

  11. that is an awesome photo and the poem is perfect :)

  12. Both the poem and the photo are perfect. Berry is one of my favorites.


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