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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fences

photo by Daryl Edelstein

In the neighborhood where I grew up
we all had chain link fences around our yards
to separate them from our neighbors' yards

But whiffle balls and frisbees
don't respect boundaries
and sometimes the fences had to be climbed
to fetch a stray
and return it to the game

Sitting on top of those fences
with my legs swinging in the air
I could see both sides clearly

They say the grass is always greener
on the other side of the fence but
it always looked the same to me.

15 comments:

Fireblossom said...

I remember all of that so clearly. I love how the poem very matter of factly dismisses the old saying.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love this photo! So glad you chose it, and such a poem to bring back the days of youth spent in suburbs.

Pat Tillett said...

Nice!
Looks can be deceiving...
I think it was Erma Bombeck who said, "The grass is always greener over the septic tank."

Bryan M. White said...

That photo is enough to drive my eyes to madness.

Like the poem, though. Makes me think of cool summer evenings...the smell of cut grass...the streetlights have just come on...and an impromptu game of backyard baseball has just been thrown together.

hedgewitch said...

I'm all for a little fence-hopping--we build way too many of them--unless of course, there's an angry pit bull on the other side. That pic is really intriguing--looks almost like fur--but the grass certainly isn't caring much about the whole fence concept. Enjoyed it, lm.

Heaven said...

Nice perspective...Yes from the top, they look the same ~

Bouncin Barb said...

Excellent. The good old days of being a kid.

Christine said...

oh I really like this, especially the ending

Hannah Pratt said...

Very interesting. I like to look at both sides myself.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...it is when you catch the right perspective...and some borders are meant to be crossed as well...so the frisbee has the right idea...

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I think it's only greener if you can't climb the fence.

darev2005 said...

Sitting atop a chain link fence can be hard on your butt!

But the view is nice from up there...

Daryl Edelstein said...

Applause!!! .. I have often had the same reaction .. thank you for bringing my photo to life

Margaret said...

Ah, a happy child! I love how they view the world. I overheard my daughter's little friends say that her grass was prettier because it had a lot more pretty yellow flowers in it. She would have been horrified if I had told her I paid to have them removed. :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Delightful! I can picture a child sitting up there, thinking it looks the same. Good stuff!
K