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The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me . . .

I go and lie down where the . . [cob]

rests in his beauty on the water.

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


"The male mute swan, known as the cob, fiercely defends the territory that he and his mate, the pen, share . If an intruder, such as another male swan, dares to invade his terrritory he uses a threat posture, raising his wings and back feathers, while lowering his head and moving powerfully through the water. This display usually frightens away the intruder."


Background thanks tto brenda starr at


Bubbles thanks to obsidian dawn at


Lilies and geraniums mine from a shot of mine similar to my


The swan is mine at

It had its origin thanks to The Therapist's Swan Nesting iv at


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Taken on March 20, 2012