Fences (Weekly Prompts)

Fences come in all shapes and sizes.  Their purposes vary accordingly.  Sometimes, people use plants as a fence (hedge). Sometimes the fence can be new or in much need of repair.

People write poems about fences just as Robert Frost wrote here.

Mending Wall

Robert Frost, 18741963

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 outdoor 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 offense.
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.

Some times we see fences in the city and other times in the country.  We even have songs about fences.




Fences have been used to fortify a fort or castle.  -To keep animals from roaming freely into other people’s yards or where foxes or wolves can get them…


There are even quotes from famous actors and actresses in regards to fences.

We speak about sitting on the fence.  Let’s hope we don’t sit on the fence for love.




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  1. Sue W says:

    I need to apologise for some reason I don’t seem to have received your request for help. Just spotted it now on your page. Take a look at our How To page on Weekly Prompts. I have left a help sheet to address both your problems. Allowing Comments and activating the Like button.

    I love the variety of fences you chose for our challenge . Thank you for linking for photos. 🙂

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