Old idea

The post

Acting as a foundation for the fence

Bringing boundary lines into view

Marking claims of ownership

Keeping some things trapped inside

Keeping other things out

Possession defined

Protection alluded to

Fences make some folks feel secure

They are always checking on

And replacing posts

That have lost their strength

I think most of us

Do the same thing with fences

In our minds and

Around our hearts

Foundation posts of

Feelings left over

From bad experiences

Or a bad belief system

Limit us

Fence us in

Or others out

We know the ruined posts

Should be replaced with new ones

Better ones

But it’s easier to hold onto

The old ones


Offering a false sense of security

Less painful and time consuming

Than pulling down old fences

And installing new ideas

E.A. Fussell


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