by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1993. All rights reserved.
"Good fences make good neighbors," said the poet's neighbor, as if a wall could improve on human nature or protect one from its failings.
The poet was not convinced, and from what I've seen lately his neighbor had it backwards. Only good neighbors make good fences.
For the past several months Neighbor B has been feuding with Neighbor A over the size and appearance of his fence -- eight feet tall and a hundred feet long, sculpted from old barn wood.
An eyesore, says Neighbor B.
A necessity, says Neighbor A.
Neighbor B, you see, bought land next to Neighbor A a few years ago and built a home there.
Then he started landscaping and, as neighbors often do, questioned the property line. Neighbor A's fence was trespassing, said Neighbor B. That's where its always been, said Neighbor A, whose favorite apricot tree grew from the contested soil.
Continued at... Good Fences, Bad Neighbors.
Artwork: Old Wood Barn with Fence.