protect the boundaries


“Good fences make good neighbors”

they say, quoting Robert Frost, who

himself questioned mending walls

but admitted there may be times

with cattle that it’s necessary.


yes, we know it’s true when 

gates are left open or fencing fails,

cattle do damage in another’s field;

good neighbors help round up strays

to be returned to respective home.


proper boundaries also preserve

respect in human relationships;

no one admires the adulterer who

disavows their spouse by taking

another lover if grass is greener.


dictators and dissidents cross

borders of sovereign nations,

disregarding the rule of law but

determined in their lust for power

to take a neighbor’s homeland.


we understand where the lines are

written in the sand;  yet somehow

we must welcome those who come

in peace to help mend fence together

can good gates also make good neighbors?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 15:46:49

    I like this a lot.. there are the good and bad things of boundaries… I think it depends on what happens to us when we are inside.. your last stanza hit home with me today.


  2. Victoria C. Slotto
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 15:36:26

    There is so much wisdom in this, but it’s the ending that made me want to stand up and applaud. Sometimes I want to just stay closed in, inside that fence..but would go crazy without the gate! Yeah!


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