Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Poem On A Wednesday

I find myself so full of despair lately. This land on earth that I call "my country" is heading down a path so terrible I simply cannot believe the times we are living in. And yet here we are. I was reminded of the poem by Wendell Berry 'The Peace of Wild Things" because those first lines are where I am. So, I go looking for the peace...
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 might 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.

23 comments:

  1. That is what we must do. Come into the peace of wild things. Within that peace, we rest and rebuild so that we can carry on fighting the good fight - but only when we are ready for another round.

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    1. bev-- I love the peace of wild things and contemplating the day-blind stars. If only we could see ourselves in the whirling universe 24/7. Ready for the fight!

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  2. We are wild things, too. Those moments of peace shared with other wild things are truly the grace of the world. Thank you for posting this poem today along with your photo of where the heron feeds. All of us can send love and light to each other in these dark times. There is love and light in your writing and your photos, robin andrea.

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    1. am-- I like thinking of us as wild things too. I wish we would all regard ourselves as just one species among many with whom we merely share this beautiful planet. Thank you for your kind words.

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  3. I left a comment just now but I am not sure it went through. It might have just disappeared. I was saying that poem is a gift in these times, and wendell berry is one of my favorites. I love his line: "Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts." Ah, the facts. We reach for grace.

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    1. 37paddington-- Working on being joyful here, after considering all the facts. Deep breath and reaching for grace.

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  4. Wendell Berry is such a wise and wonderful poet. Your photo and this poem about both beautiful and a perfect match. I feel peace just reading your post.
    No wonder the Environmental Destroyer In Chief is soul-dead, if it is true that he hates the outdoors except for toxic golf courses.

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    1. CCorax-- I almost didn't put up a post for today, but I was thinking about the despair I feel and remembered this poem. I photographed the heron the other day and there was the perfect match. You know how I feel about you know who. Oy.

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  5. It worked! I have to log into Google, then log in again to Blogspot, THEN I can post.

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    1. CCorax-- I wish I knew what was up with comments. I have no idea.

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  6. I hope all the primary results across the country cheered you up a bit.

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    1. Colette-- Oh yes! The results made me very happy. Now on to November!

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  7. We have our problems as well, the numpties in Parliament now want to build a new runway at Heathrow Why!! Don't we have enough plane pauluting our country & planet

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    1. Bill-- I love the word "numpties." I may have to adopt that when describing our Congress. What's happened to these people? They all seem crazy these days.

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  8. I can relate, so very much. And that poem has helped me many times.

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    1. Sabine-- These are such difficult times in so many ways. This poem really does help.

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  9. Seems to be quite a bit of despair floating around these days. I am sure that is small consolation. It is for me.

    Absolutely an awesome poem. Thanks

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    1. MRMacrum-- It is so good to hear from you. It's been a while. Yes, lots of despair floating around these days. Really hoping for some kind of balance in November's midterms.

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  10. Thank you for the wise and wonderful words of Wendell! I think it is important to maintain perspective, although I certainly have my despair-filled moments too. All this will pass, as all things do.

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    1. Steve-- I have come back to this poem so often over the years. It does help to balance the despair. Yes, all things will pass.

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  11. I've read articles about how people who are on the cusp of historical changes usually don't recognize what's coming. I wonder whether that's us.

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    1. Mark-- I wonder that too. We seem to be heading down a dark path. I sure hope there's some light cast on it this November.

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