Good Fences

A good barrier is neighbourly-

Keeps the bears out and the dogs in.

But the other world, the less polite world,

Doesn’t like fences.

Windstorms take out even the metal,

But, more often, it’s a long, slow clawing back

Of ground that isn’t ours to claim.

A rotting fence post slowly twined

With alder-

Pulled down into the inexorable snow.

IMG_0334The best fences become part of that which destroys them

The physical barriers aren’t always the most permanent barriers.


For more barriers, physical and otherwise, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.

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