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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.

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      Ryan Fuller 3 weeks ago from Louisiana, USA

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

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Nice rhyming scheme and clever poem. Peace.

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      Terrie Lynn 3 weeks 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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      Ralph Schwartz 3 weeks ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

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

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      Tamara Yancosky 3 weeks ago from No Idea Where

      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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      ThreeKeys 3 weeks 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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      Finn Liam Cooper 3 weeks ago from Los Angeles

      a witty little ditty...

      amusing ending....nice rhymes

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      Lori Colbo 3 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

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

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      Tim Mitchell 3 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

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

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Enjoyed this poetic tale.

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      Venkatachari M 3 weeks 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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