The Peace of Wild Things


“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.”

~ Wendell Berry

Today I am taking up the invitation from Jane at her beautiful blog Writing and Stuff to join in the challenge of a quote and a picture for three consecutive days.

The above is perhaps more a poem than a quote in its length, but it reflects the way I feel about life and nature. Though I have not read much of Wendell Berry’s work, I love the way his great respect for the natural world shines through his words.

I took the photograph on a recent walk in Corsham. Near the railway-track at Box tunnel, there was an old disused quarry filled with water and transformed to create a labyrinth of small lakes and ponds. The water is surrounded by trees, long grasses and flashes of yellow flag iris. Elderly gentleman with their fishing rods and ducks and geese were enjoying the tranquility. It was a hidden spot of peace near a busy housing estate, and was such a surprise to stumble upon.

Thank you for inviting me to the challenge Jane. I enjoyed searching for some of my favourite quotes. I am not going to nominate anyone for this challenge as I would prefer to invite any reader to take part who would like to. Just post a favourite quote on your blog and include a photograph if you wish. If you link back here we can all come and visit 🙂

Enjoy your weekend. x

17 thoughts on “The Peace of Wild Things

  1. A lovely place to stumble upon indeed, Kim and the poem had me almost in tears with its beauty and the feelings it stirred. I am so glad you joined in and look forward to your other two quotes very much. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. I must read more of Berry’s work. There is a book of his: ‘What are people for?’ that I’ve been meaning to buy for a while now.
      Thank you for stopping by Jane x


  2. What a wonderful place to stumble upon! And I LOVED the ‘poem-quote’ because it sounds so amazing a way to live, and be. I seek to let go of my thoughts of future-world, and be in the moment, and take each one for what it is, and release it to my yesterday.

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    1. Yes! It is easier to do so when in places like this, but in the midst of parenting, work, bills, plans, housework, I find it quite hard. Thank goodness for my garden… I can go outside and take a few breaths and put life’s ups and downs into perspective 🙂

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  3. Thanks Sarah, and yes he has a wonderfully insightful way with words, weaving nature and life into simple but meaningful poetry. I look forward to reading more of his work. x


  4. Oh, I originally thought of you, when I received a ‘challenge’ but only of a quote. But I shall not extend it if you would not feel comfortable doing more quote – sans pictures, unless of course, you just wanted to add it, because it’s fun for you. Please let me know. I’m putting my first three bloggers to present this challenge to… not sure I’ll post until I know that I have 3 bloggers for my first day. Don’t want you to feel any pressure, which is why I ask first. 🙂

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    1. I would like to do that challenge Fim, thanks for asking. It seems easier to do a blog post when you have some idea or challenge to start with. I’d better start researching some more quotes 🙂

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