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  • The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

    Below, a photo of a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. It was taken last summmer at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and I never wrote its name down. 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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