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Mending Wall by Robert Frost

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."


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  1. 19 May 2012
    159. Seréna says

    Loved it n it ws intriguin wow great stuff

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  2. 19 May 2012
    158. Seréna says

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  3. 5 May 2012
    157. SEXY+EYEZ says

    Ya wat a nyc peom

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  4. 1 May 2012
    156. :}Ebheneza:} says

    Mandla...m suprise hw a human mind can imagine...wonderful may journey be a success

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  5. 23 April 2012
    155. (i)m@gesh(i) says

    Woow its very nice , keep it up ma man

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  6. 18 April 2012
    154. jackmaizer says

    "Gud fence makes gud neighbours?" until we realise that our seperation is not race or culture bt we ourslf. Thats ma undastndg of ths poem. Gud work indeed

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