Day Two Hundred Four, August 14, 2011

don't fence me in

Fences are so telling about the state of affair of humans today. They are so symbolic of the condition that human relationships have developed into, the me and you, the us and them, the mine and yours. I was researching fences today trying to understand especially the photographer’s fascination with fences when I came across these quotes:

“Good fences make good neighbors.” – Robert Frost

“A good neighbour is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn’t climb over it.” – Arthur Baer

“There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.” – William Faulkner

“Fear is the highest fence.” – Dudley Nichols

“To be fenced in is to be withheld.” – Kurt Tippett

“What have they done to the earth?/ What have they done to our fair sister?/ Ravaged and plundered/ and ripped her/ and bit her/ stuck her with knives/ in the side of the dawn/ and tied her with fences/ and dragged her down.” – Jim Morrison, of The Doors

Don’t Fence Me In” – Cole Porter

“You shall build a turtle fence.” – Peter Hoekstra

photo: Family fence, Marienbaum, Germany

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