Sunday, February 5, 2012

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors...

"Good fences make good neighbors", or so Robert Frost has a man say in his poem "Mending Wall".  

I can't see a fence without thinking of that poem, and of the many times i got to either perform it, or listen to others perform it, all those years of doing Speech Arts in the Kiwanis Speech and Music Festival!  :-)

The lines of the poem were echoing in my mind tonight: 
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast."
Tonight, after a good 20 minutes snowball fight on the street in front of our house, Duncan and I put our love of walls to the test, and tried to build one! 

We used old icecream buckets in an attempt to make our own snowbricks, and build a continuation fo the wall beside us. 

We gave up after three lines of bricks.  ... fatigue... that is the other thing that doesn't love a wall, and that stopped us from completing it!  :-)

 Good fences may make good neighbors... but this one is not exactly a good fence. 

Indeed, we are not sure if the fence will survive until noon tomorrow.  Nonetheless, , but... we will see! 

At least we have the photos!  We will love the snow while it lasts! 


  1. hahaha! "Why do we build the wall?!", Stacy asks? Nice reference to one of my very favourite songs by Anais Mitchell, from a folkopera called "Hadestown". ...a postapocalyptic retelling of the Orpheus myth, featuring (amongst others) singers Ani DiFranco and Greg Brown Click here to hear the song.... Greg Brown's voice is fabulous!

    anyways... hahah stacy!


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