Wendell Berry

August 6, 2017

[Illustration: Vern Kousky, The Blue Songbird]

“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.


“Ciccio, look! Look at that! That’s the greatest light since the star of Bethlehem! That’s the light of freedom! Remember that. Freedom”

[Film creator Frank Capra immigrated to the United States when he was five-years-old, 1903. “Capra remembers the ship’s arrival in New York Harbor, where he saw ‘a statue of a great lady, taller than a church steeple, holding a torch above the land we were about to enter’, recalling his father’s exclamation at the sight.]

Some of Capra’s films include:

It’s a Wonderful Life

It Happened One Night

You Can’t Take It With You

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