Now the stone house on the lake front is
finished and the workmen are beginning
The palings are made of iron bars with steel
points that can stab the life out of any
man who falls on them.
As a fence, it is a masterpiece, and will shut off
the rabble and all vagabonds and hungry
men and all wandering children looking
for a place to play.
Passing through the bars and over the steel
points will go nothing except Death
and the Rain and To-morrow.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)