Good neighbors respect one another’s property. Good farmers will maintain their fences in order to keep their livestock from wandering onto neighboring farms. Robert Frost wrote the poem “Mending Wall” and in it he thought that self-imposed barriers would prevent human interaction, as a progressive individual in this poem starts to question the need for such a wall in the first place. The person who is the neighbor keeps pointlessly rebuilding a wall, which does not seem to be benefitting anyone, and the fence is harmful to their land. But the neighbor is relentless in its maintenance, nonetheless. Is the security that a wall provides worth all of the tension that a wall creates?
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.