It is hard to believe that at one time a segment of the population was only counted as three-fifths of a person due to the color of their skin. More shocking is the fact that even as black Americans gained full citizenship and the right to vote, those of African descent were still regarded as second-class citizens.
“Good fences make good neighbors,” declares the neighbor in Robert Frost’s poem “The Mending Wall.”
Well, not always. Poetry analysts say Frost’s contemplative poem is a discussion about barriers that keep the two neighbors from getting to know each other.
And while the issue in the poem is an old-fashioned rock wall, there are plenty of present-day “barriers” that tend to keep us from knowing our neighbors like we once did. Among them: more time spent on social media than in actual conversation, schedules filled to the max with activities and changing neighborhood dynamics.