"Good fences make good neighbors."

"Good fences make good neighbors."  ~ Robert Frost


Apparently, we aren't good neighbors, in that case because our fences are faring poorly.

Among many other instances of late, our new fences have failed or came up short.

Today alone, our fences have fallen victim to stallions and trees.

JC made his way out of his pasture, albeit, more at the fault of the gate, but
either way, his fenced pasture did not contain him.

He met some unfriendly mares, ours, and received a few nice kicks for his efforts.

Then a huge tree, we discovered, had fallen on the electric fence above the barn. . .
that is still waiting for a chainsaw (Husband!) to come and address it.

Such is the life of a want to be Farmer, isn't it?

I'll share the Robert Frost poem that I quoted above, too:

"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.


The work of hunters is another thing:


I have come after them and made repair


Where they have left not one stone on a stone,


But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,


To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,


No one has seen them made or heard them made,


But at spring mending-time we find them there.


I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;


And on a day we meet to walk the line


And set the wall between us once again.


We keep the wall between us as we go.


To each the boulders that have fallen to each.


And some are loaves and some so nearly balls


We have to use a spell to make them balance:


'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'


We wear our fingers rough with handling them.


Oh, just another kind of out-door game,


One on a side. It comes to little more:


There where it is we do not need the wall:


He is all pine and I am apple orchard.


My apple trees will never get across


And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.


He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.


Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder


If I could put a notion in his head:


'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it


Where there are cows?


But here there are no cows.


Before I built a wall I'd ask to know


What I was walling in or walling out,


And to whom I was like to give offence.


Something there is that doesn't love a wall,


That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,


But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather


He said it for himself. I see him there


Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top


In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.


He moves in darkness as it seems to me~


Not of woods only and the shade of trees.


He will not go behind his father's saying,


And he likes having thought of it so well


He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

I've always thought it was a fine one, at that.