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Author Name: FreeFireHam 9 Comments
Date Added: May 15, 2007 02:05:03 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Mending Fenses

Mending Fences


Neighbors were they, with a fence in between.
One had more grass and the others cows did glean.
Hours were spent mending by the man with ample range.
It always needed attention but neighbor wouldn't change.
The situation began to wear the man's good nature down.
When he told the neighbor, his smile turned into a frown.
The neighbor built another fence just 2 feet away.
And this was to the other neighbor’s great dismay.
The one man was only trying to resolve the trouble.
He ended up with a problem that was more than double.
Now weeds and bushes started to obscure the view.
Because of stubbornness, there was nothing he could do.
Bushes and weeds took over, growing high and thick.
The fence row looked terrible and it made the man feel sick.
The two had gardens growing right across from each other.
One day, both were in their garden, so close to one another 
Then one man threw down his hoe and jumped over the fence.
He told his neighbor he was sorry, that this didn't make any sense.
With tearful eyes, they shook hands and made their amends.
These two men then became the very best of friends.
Author's Notes:
 A true story of my Father (MAC), who I dedicate this poem to...

Dad was growing tired of constantly having to repair the fence
 because the neighbor’s cows ate through to our side...

At the moment of truth, I saw my Dad throw his hoe down
and jump the fence to get things right with Mr. Frank...
After my Dad and Frank finally made up, it seemed an impossible task
to ever be able to clear out that ugly fence row...

Dad passed away in March 1985...

Mr. Frank approached me numerous times to hire me to clear the fence row...  But it was useless with what equipment we had…
A few years later a friend of ours asked
if he could put some of his cows on our property...
We happily agreed because we hadn't had cows since Dad died...
Besides, we miss having them around...

(Shhh... And I had to cut all that grass otherwise... LOL!!!)

The man brought a BIG bulldozer out to our place
and took out ALL the bushes and both fences out...
 Replacing it with a straight new fence...

What a difference it made!!!

Mr. Frank was so happy to see that old reminder torn down...

Lesson learned:
It is ALWAYS good to mend broken fences between a friend or a neighbor...

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Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on November 22, 2009 12:58:18 PM Report
great story from the truths of life..I was drawn by the title since it is one of my names that i carry. I loved how this is written as a neutral observer. 
Comment By: FreeRin Marie on June 9, 2007 04:31:04 PM Report
Beautiful Story Ham, another great write!


Love Rin

Comment By: FreeAngel on June 3, 2007 06:28:22 PM Report
This was a wonderful story i loved it. You have entertained me all evening and I have enjoyed your company thanks for the poetic beauty and the stories shared


Love Angelxx

Comment By: FreeSilkinTears on May 28, 2007 02:59:49 PM Report
Wow Hammy what a great story. You must be proud of your father for jumping over that fence. It takes a real man to do what he did. What an inspiration to us all.

Comment By: FreeNataly Hachem on May 20, 2007 08:14:48 AM Report
An inspirational true story! I love it!!! The way you wrote it was very touching, Ham. Excellent work!


Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on May 15, 2007 10:33:53 AM Report
Oh ....I so understand this poem so well.. Stubborn men and their pride it always seems to get them in trouble.. I takes a big man to cross that line and make amends..  Great story my dear friend..Hugs ~ She Whispers

Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on May 15, 2007 09:47:26 AM Report
Sounds like some of the stories my Granddad has told about his ranch land.

Good write.......


Lady D

Comment By: Freesherry wilbur on May 15, 2007 08:50:43 AM Report
Comment By: FreeGlata on May 15, 2007 07:03:18 AM Report
This is  a fantastic story with quite a moral teaching! I'm  so glad that they were able to make amends before it destroyed two very good men. It's funny at times what can be a sore spot between people, isn't it?

A wonderful  story...




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