Saturday, March 2, 2013

The wisdom of Carl Sandburg (part 2)

"Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence."
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
Poet, writer, editor

I was momentarily fascinated by this reference to the righteousness of a fence, the feeling passed quickly enough…

In "Mending Wall," Robert Frost somewhat ambiguously said "good fences make good neighbors," although he cautioned "Something there is that doesn't love a wall…"

Fences have been around for a long time, maybe since the advent of human agriculture, at least since the 7th century B.C., when Numas, the second king of Rome, decreed that each property owner should mark the boundaries of his land with stones.

I guess I'd like to think that good neighbors could see the virtue in a fence, but would take care to put a gate in it… 

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