Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Peace of Wild Things (continued)

A few months ago I posted onto this blog a poem by Wendall Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things".  Looking for something else, I discovered this choral rendition of that poem.  It compliments the NASA Advent photos and reflections, I think, and is quite beautiful.

As John Cage says, music and art are one reality, just in different forms; in their sublime resonance they reveal the spirit and soul of the universe.

The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry

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.


  1. Oh, how beautiful! One of my favorite poems for many years, and the music makes it sublime. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Love Wendell Berry too! Lovely!

    Be Joyful because it is humanly possible.~~~Wendell Berry

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  3. I would have never imagined this poem put to music, yet it was done so well! I agree, it's lovely and beautiful.