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Poem: "The Importance of These Two Things" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Importance of These Two Things"

This poem is spillover from the February 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from e_scapism101.  It has been sponsored by rix_scaedu.  This poem belongs to the Hart's Farm series.


The Importance of These Two Things


Svanhilda the writer and Esja the potter
were squabbling over the location of a fence
to be built between the two gardens adjoining their houses,
because Svanhilda wished to grow more flowers
and Esja wished to grow more vegetables
but betwixt the two of them they could not agree on anything.

It got to where the people around them
started taking sides in the argument,
some supporting Svanhilda and others Esja.
That was no good for anyone.

So it was put to the older, wiser heads
what to do about the problem,
in hopes that somebody might remember
exactly where the old property line had been
in relation to the big grey boulder in dispute.

Ola took herself to Hrafn's office,
where they looked through the pink books
that held records of the houses and yards
and who lived in which of them
and how those things had changed over time.
It took hours to find the right reference.

"Here is my ruling,"
Ola said to Svanhilda and Esja.
"The fence shall go to the north of the rock,
because facts are important.
Both of you will now move into different houses,
because sharing is also important."

Svanhilda wailed and Esja sulked
because now they would both
have to plant all new gardens
or else hike over to borrow
the ones that they had been tending.

"Hush!" Ola said sharply.
"Do not come crying to me like this.
If you had worked it out between yourselves,
you wouldn't have to move today, and
I wouldn't have a headache from reading tiny lines."

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siege From: siege Date: October 22nd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Ola, the Swedish grandmother, angry for once. Hah, I have her voice already in my mind as she says these things. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 22nd, 2013 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>> Ola, the Swedish grandmother, angry for once. Hah, I have her voice already in my mind as she says these things. :) <<

Do not piss off matriarch.

Really, the whole situation could have been handled better by compromising over the garden, or calling in a mediator before tempers got so het up that people stopped being really rational about it. But everybody makes mistakes sometimes.
cflute From: cflute Date: December 9th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
A terrific "tough love" solution! For me it has "wisdom of Solomon" elements to it, until we get to Ola's complaint at the end. Even so, I think it's an appropriate resolution, and I hope that the only farm-dwellers who are particularly aggrieved by it are Svanhilda and Esja.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 9th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>> A terrific "tough love" solution! For me it has "wisdom of Solomon" elements to it,<<

Yay!

>> until we get to Ola's complaint at the end. <<

There are two aspects to that:

1) Nothing and nobody is perfect. Even a wise grandmother sometimes gets annoyed when people are pesky.

2) It's a reminder than if you let your personal problems spill out into the community, you may not like the consequences.

>> Even so, I think it's an appropriate resolution, and I hope that the only farm-dwellers who are particularly aggrieved by it are Svanhilda and Esja. <<

Largely so, and they'll get over it eventually. You can't live in community without aggravating the crap out of each other sometimes, and each community develops their own ways of resolving disagreements. Hart's Farm has a pretty strong expectation of people straightening it out themselves or with mediation between friends. If it has to be solved from the top down, that's more disruptive, so those solutions tend to come with a reminder why they're meant to be a last resort.
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