Enlighten Radio Presents
When despair for the world grows in me...
Janet introduces poems of peace as the world descends into horror.
Broadcasts LIVE, Wednesdays, 10 AM Eastern
Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case
This Episode Recorded 10/12/2023
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.
rom The Peace of Wild Things And Other Poems (Penguin, 2018)
Copyright (c) 2012 by Wendell Berry
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