“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.” ~Wendell Berry
“I come into the peace of the wild things, who do not tax their lives with forethought.” What a beautiful thought that is and one I attempt to embrace and which pulls me into the work I do and out of the scurry of the daily grind. The wild things….we can learn so much, if we quietly observe from a distance and attempt to think like they do and not force our perceptions onto them!
To let them be wild, who they are, in their homes where they eat, sleep, raise families, yep even have sex! It is we humans who could learn much from their simple ways! I often daydream about what it would be like if we treated each other like we treat our wildlife. Oh someone is in the bathroom with me watching, ugggg….now in my bedroom, yikes…observing me eat, now putting me in a square box out of the sunlight. Yes, respect can go a long way on and off the range!
This gorgeous wild, stallion made his home in the Onaqui HMA (Herd Management Area) near Dugway, Utah. A well managed and obsessively followed herd, loved by thousands due to the ease in finding the wild ones near limited water sources. No less exciting, because of the hardy activity provided by the stallions young and old.
He and his harem girl and new foal would hang in and around Davis mountain. I found him tucked into Davis mountain after driving in as far as my flatlander car would allow, then glassing for horses, and hiking the rest of the way. Observing new foals, stallions posturing, and this stallion’s mare, heavy with foal, as the sun set below the mountain, lives this human with memories to last a lifetime.
He was part of a gather by the BLM the year of 2019 and is now in need of a forever home.
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