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.
Every week the Explorers will memorize a piece of poetry, a notable quote, or an excerpt from a famous document or speech. Pieces will
vary in length and increase in challenge as the year progresses. You can help your child by being aware of the weekly piece, and by working with them to learn it for their recitation
on Friday. All pieces are in their poetry books, and a copy is located below as a downloadable PDF. I hope this is fun, and imagine that at sometime in the future they are
able to break out in verse.