On Mending Wall
February 6, 2011 2 Comments
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,….
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’…..
From Robert Frosts Poem Mending Wall.
“something there does not love a wall” Robert Frost observed…Nature does not love a wall , not enough to keep from knocking his and his neighbors wall down each spring.
Yet strangely, the two neighbors in a poem find themselves rebuilding a wall, because thats what people do.
How often we find ourselves doing things, because we believe that what we are suppose to do, whether it makes sense are not.
How often ,when I was young I worked towards “objectives” that were not in my nature or in my wellbeing, because thats what I was supposed to do.
to often we find ourself introjecting without thinking if what we are doing is really meaningful or natural.
“….Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors?”
Frost finds it in his nature to challenge an unnatural attitude.
Is doing something against our nature or common sense, just because its what people (or neighbors) do, not worth challenging?
“Good fences make good neighbors.”