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A Poem: The Field Of Stones

Updated on June 29, 2017
A gate fpr passing through.
A gate fpr passing through. | Source


I cleared the field of stones

for plantings I might do.

What further use of stones

I’d really wished I knew.

I made of them a wall

with a gate for passing through.

I no longer quite recall

what made my neighbor “stew.”

He spoke of “lines that separate

the proud from humble folk.”

I pointed out the open gate

and thought he’d made a joke.

When the plowed field had all been planted

and the crops grew row by row,

it seemed that still he ranted

on some cause I didn’t know.

One day it came to mending

the wall between us two,

a project never ending

related to his “stew.”

“Good walls make good neighbors”

he said not half in jest.

I replied, “The best of neighbors

leave all their stones at rest.”


© 2017 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Another poem by Perspycacious

If you enjoyed this poem, I feel sure you will enjoy bringing up this poem about "Tears."


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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Hey Dianna Mendez , Nice to hear from you, even if I did leave you pondering. When you read "Mending Wall" again, read carefully to see exactly who initiates the mending.

      Yes, who was the good neighbor in this case, and what might the stone clearer have been saying about himself?

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      Dianna Mendez 5 months ago

      An open door between yards seems to be a great way to say "you are always welcome"; but, others may see it differently. Your poem leaves the reader pondering!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Manatita44,

      Oh, if only poetry could bring about peace, we would all be writing...until someone decided that was something to fight over, too!

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Ryan,

      You are an avid poems commentator. Thanks for commenting on this one to say you liked it. Cranking on.

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      Ann Carr 5 months ago from SW England

      This conjured up a great image in my head! Neighbours are funny things. We're grateful for good ones.

      I enjoyed this; good to have a little light humour!


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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice lines with a good message in it. The tone is very entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Enjoyed this poetic tale.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice poem! Opens doors to my neighbors and the pile of stones in my backyard.

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      Lori Colbo 6 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Loved this. Sorry about your neighbor. Why are people so difficult?

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      Finn Liam Cooper 6 months ago from Los Angeles

      a witty little ditty...

      amusing ending....nice rhymes

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      Threekeys 6 months ago from Australia

      This poem reminded me of how I have known people that have wonderful neighbours. They entrust them with their home, their children and their pets. For me, I have found that your line "Good walls make good neighbours" is the best way to go.

      Look forward to more of your creativity.

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      Tamara Moore 6 months ago

      Something about the aura of this delightful poem brought nostalgia to me, and it was very pleasant. It brought back memories from my childhood. I am not exactly sure why this is so, but it filled me with a sense of completeness. I thoroughly enjoyed the picture, too!

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      Ralph Schwartz 6 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      nice poem with an age-old concept intertwined within it's verses

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      Terrie Lynn 6 months ago from Canada

      I love it. I live on a farm and are working on the garden and yard. this poem makes me feel at home. what a great piece. well done.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Nice rhyming scheme and clever poem. Peace.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Great work! I really liked this poem. Nice description used. Keep on cranking these poems out.