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
Thy 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 I am free.