Mending Wall

  • Mending Wall

  • Robert Frost

    SOMETHING there is that doesn't love a wall,

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  • That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

  • And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

  • And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

  • The work of hunters is another thing:

  • I have come after them and made repair

  • Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

  • But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

  • To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

  • No one has seen them made or heard them made,

  • But at spring mending-time we find them there.

  • I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;

  • And on a day we meet to walk the line

  • And set the wall between us once again.

  • We keep the wall between us as we go.

  • To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

  • And some are loaves and some so nearly balls

  • We have to use a spell to make them balance:

  • β€œStay where you are until our backs are turned!”