Soviet-bloc communism disabused us of a lot of ideas, including pointing out that when the amplification was turned up a lot, even Robert Frost could be wrong in the voice of his farmer and neighbor character, because high, concrete and concertina wire fences don’t make good neighbors.
Of course, even in demonstrating Frost in error, the communists made the opening clause of “Mending Fences” more poignant: “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall . . .”
Residents of Berlin awoke on August 13, 1961, to discover that the Soviet-dominated East Germany had begun constructing a wall across Berlin, to keep East Berlin residents from escaping the clutches of communism and walking to freedom in West Berlin.
Go see other Bathtub posts on the topic:
- Berlin Wall’s 46th
- Berlin Wall’s 45th
- Quote of the moment: John Kennedy, June 26, 1963
- Cold War hero Günter Schabowski
And remember the poet’s telling, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”