Seventy years ago, the United Nations developed a document titled the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and each year on this date an International Day of Peace is celebrated.
...a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
There are many interpretations of peace, and here is one of my favorites:
The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry
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 might 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.
Found in Good Poems, selected by Garrison Keillor [811.008 GOO]
This poem has been set to music and several versions are available on YouTube.
Erin at The Water's Edge will be hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.