insights, outtakes and observations from our sabbatical year in England
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!