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Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

Wendell Berry reads his poem “The Peace of Wild Things” (courtesy of On Being)

The Peace of Wild Things

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.


Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry (born 1934) is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. He lives in Henry County, Kentucky.

From The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry (Counterpoint, 1999). Included in Vox Populi for educational use only.

One comment on “Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

  1. Barbara Huntington
    August 2, 2020

    Thank you. I needed this today.

    Liked by 1 person

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