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Lisa Giustinoni South Africa (6/14/2005 5:14:00 AM)

I am looking for this peom, it starts like this. I have no idea what the name is.'When despair for the world grows in me I go and lie down where the wood rake rests in his beauty on the water and the great herron feeds...

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  • Steve Greenaway (6/16/2005 2:10:00 PM) Post reply

    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

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