Wednesday, November 14, 2012


SOMETHING THERE IS, FOR SURE

Although the phrasing makes it pretty awkward to do so, I have to agree 100% with Robert Frost that definitely Something there is that doesn't love a wall, which Something in my case, in addition to RF's groundswells, includes hurricanes, wild pigs and earthquakes, though I know R was after a refined, esoteric entity better suited to a New Englandy kind of poetry.

But hey, since I'm on the subject and not being the least bit poetic, let's not limit this to stone walls, shall we, there is more to the phenomenon than that. Like any stone handler, I have basic stone wall permanency problems, but I have the same trouble with stacks of firewood. And so do you, if you've ever stacked a bunch of big oddsized chunks of it; tougher than building a sentence in Finnegan's Wake. Soon after which you find out that yes, Something there is alright, and it doesn't love a stack of firewood any less than it doesn't love a stone wall. No need to even mention stacks of money.

Yes, here we humans are, all this time - thousands of millennia so far - trying to stack up something of our own that will last, preferably years - even centuries for a stone wall - but a mere year or two for a stack of firewood-- is that too much to ask? Whatever that unidentifiable entity Frost is hinting at, it sure as hell doesn't listen.

It's not a matter just of gravity, which is a strictly bureaucratic form of energy; there's Something more impish to it, being the antithesis of entropy, yet persistently selective in its anarchy. I got rerouted onto this rant because this year not one stack of firewood, not two stacks of firewood, but three stacks of firewood (one stack twice, so far) have been toppled by wild pigs or hurricanes, and the year ain't over yet, though it's leaning in that direction.

Earth, time and gravity have friends.

4 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Looks as though the firewood is winning... trick is, is to not let it bother you that the stacks have fallen, then u will find those stacks uniform...

Robert Brady said...

If I left it on the ground here it wd never be firewood... maybe in Hawaii you can get away with that cause you don't need firewood anyway per se...

Tabor said...

I never thought of gravity as a bureaucratic form of energy...but that is an excellent description. Our wood pile seems to stay...but then we rarely stack it above waste high.

annie said...

"tougher than building a sentence in Finnegan's Wake"

Love that...apt for wood and life. Great again, Robert.