Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Don't Fence ME In!

Oh, give me land, lots of land
Under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in.

Let me ride through the wild open
Country that I love,
Don't fence me in.

Let me be by myself in the evening breeze-
Listen to the murmer of the cottonwood trees,
Send me off forever, but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in.

Just turn me loose,
Let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western sky.
On my cayuse,
Let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.
I want to ride to the ridge
Where the west commences,
Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses,
Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences,

Don't fence me in.


  1. Beautiful Jo Jo. I feel the same..!

  2. Wow Jo!
    I found your poem more closer to my heart than any of William Wordsworth's. Sometimes, I wish that I could be weightless, float around on the air, get lost in the woods (not literally :D), witness the dusk, let darkness take over until the stars appear and start twinkling, gaze the sky until the dawn! I hope to make it to that day! But here I am, in the hustle-bustle of the city life, trying to make a name for myself, have high aspirations in life, but everything seems so insignificant in this poem! I believe that you're referring to materialism by "fences" in a broader sense which seems to be binding all of us. Do you think that we should achieve what we aspire and then live out our dreams or should we just keep living dreams everyday, contented with all we have?

  3. Hi Vivek, thank you for your comments!
    I'm sorry to disappoint you but I didn't actually write this, it was written by Robert Fletcher and was a popular American song back in its day! But the words whispered to my soul and I had to share with you. Yes materialism can be 'fences' or anything in life that tries to fence you in to its own indoctrinations. Money binds us all, we say we cannot live without it, but I believe we can. Get out to the wild and then you will see, money doesn't matter then, only survival and breathing, laughing, rain and sunshine! I think it is vital to achieve what you aspire! If you didn't ever do any of it all your life you would feel empty and as though you missed out on all that was important to your heart. I don't think we should treat dreams or inspirations as silly little fantasies that are held in the minds of adults only by an unwillingness to grow up, no I think they have been designed in you from the day you were born, you can't let them go. They are you and you are them. Of course we should be contented with what we have, but you can still be content with yourself and your relationships and even your circumstances and still know that God has many more plans left for you. We should think of each day as only the beginning. I think we know when it is our time to move on, and in the same way we know when we should be beginning something new. There is a time for everything.
    We should be grateful but we mustn't be dispassionate and bored with life.
    I hope that wasn't too much!