Fences

Good fences make for good neighbors.

Especially in cattle country.

When farm land meets ranches.

Crops are tasty to a bovine palette.

 

Good fences make for good neighbors.

Especially where boundaries are faint.

When your space meets mine.

Hearts are sacred to some, but not all.

 

Good fences make for good neighbors.

Especially where prying eyes lurk.

When your windows need guards.

Privacy is precious and costly.

 

Good fences make for good neighbors.

Except when we need each other.

When community is more than one.

Being fence-free is a place to be!

 

For With Real Toads challenge about fences.

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23 Comments

  1. Mary said,

    September 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    You’re definitely right…there is a good use for fences in some situations; but at other times it is better to be fence free. I enjoyed your write.

    • shanyns said,

      September 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Mary 🙂 So glad you stopped by!

  2. Mama Zen said,

    September 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I like this, particularly the second stanza.

  3. September 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

    There are often good reasons to have fences and each of the reasons you pointed out are valid. But, it is so nice to have good neighbours ho will help you out in a fix too.
    You’re selling your farm?

    • shanyns said,

      September 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Good neighbors are always a blessing, that is true! We did sell our farm and are living at another. 🙂

  4. kaykuala said,

    September 22, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Beautifully expressed! Fences obviously are necessary for obvious reasons. A need fulfilled for happy living without encroaching on each other’s privacy! Good neighbors are helpful but rare!

    Hank

    • shanyns said,

      September 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Hank, and you are right about the rare find of a good neighbor!

  5. September 22, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Very true, Shanyn, and a very good write. I am still laughing at the thought of the bovine palate (psst, a small error there you may want to mend). Seems to me (and I could be wrong) I read that some cows are practically omnivorous when given the opportunity.
    K

    • shanyns said,

      September 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Kay – thanks for the spell check, I think I got it wrong again but don’t want to lose my formatting with WP! LOL…Oh yes some cows can be very ‘easy keepers’ with their diets…LOL

  6. Ella said,

    September 22, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I love your ending! Showing us the importance of our privacy and opening the gateway to extend yourself …wonderful!

  7. September 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Each stanza opened up a new element of fencing, Shanyn. This is a powerful statement, and certainly cause for a good internal fence: Hearts are sacred to some, but not all.

    Nice to see you linking to RT again.

    • shanyns said,

      September 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Kerry – it is good to be back! Almost a whole week of NOT having to be anywhere has been so nice! Now I can enjoy RT’s again! Thanks for coming by and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the poem.

  8. Laurie Kolp said,

    September 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Love the closing!

  9. Helen said,

    September 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’m with you ~ fence free! Unless those fences happen to keep precious children and livestock safe. Stanza #2, my favorite!

    • shanyns said,

      September 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Fences keeping our precious things safe are my favorite kind! Thanks for coming by.

  10. September 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    There are many reasons for fences…securing my family is a most precious kind.

  11. Laura Maria said,

    September 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Right on! Solitude/privacy is nice but there’s nothing like having someone to be ‘neighborly’ with.

  12. Margaret said,

    September 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Especially where boundaries are faint.
    When your space meets mine.

    It would be pretty cool if we had fences that were like car windows … easy up, easy down 🙂

  13. brian miller said,

    September 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    it is good to have fences as long as they are not too high to see over…or reach over to a neighbor when needed…the heart def needs some boundaries…because you are right some dont respect it..

    • shanyns said,

      September 28, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Thanks Brian – you are right! 🙂 Seeing over and reaching over are important!


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