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When I noticed this fence around the graveyard, I had to take a photo. I've become entranced by fences.

When death comes by Mary Oliver
"When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measles-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.


  1. Hah! I have a couple very similar to this! I am trying to work out what to do with my Mudgee work: think it involves another blog which I was working on at 4am ...

  2. I love fence posts too. Something about the texture of the wood...

  3. To be entranced by fences surely you would need a gate.

  4. Hey, I've got lots of pictures of gates. Just trying to figure out what to do with them. This blog is already stuffed full with fences and Royal Hotels.

  5. Gorgeous detail shot! Love the colours and the moss on the wood. Beautiful!

  6. me too, me too. fences. gates. more fences. more gates. rotten wood. rusty metal. me too, me too.

    hm, kind of a poem I did.

    I will post a gate without a fence tonight. :-)

  7. I have bitten the bullet and started a travel blog ... now I have a home for my photos from Mudgee last weekend ... and the first three posts are of ... fences ... It wont just be the local countryside though ... I have Melbourne ... and I have Central Oz ... and I have Italy ... and I have France ... and London ... and a noose for my own neck ... oh gawd ...

  8. Julie, that would be blog no 4? Puh, I hardly manage to do one blog ... let's have a look ...


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