Beauty Venture: fences, by Toby Neal
I like the shapes of fences. The repetitive patterns. The powerful metaphor of definition they convey.
I've always had a little bit of a thing for fences and walls. Maybe it began with one of my favorite childhood books of all time, The Secret Garden. The idea of a secret, walled place has always appealed to me, and now my own backyard has that feeling.
Fences keep in what's supposed to stay in, and keep what's to stay out, out. They also serve as frames for the portait of a living garden; they define spaces structurally and practically, and in the end. . . Many of them should be climbed.
“Good fences make good neighbors” is a 17th century proverb.
But I also like this one:
“The grass is not, in fact, greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greener where it's watered. When crossing fences, carry water with you and water it wherever you may be.” Robert Fulghum
What do you think of fences?