The poem is based on the proverbial concept of “fence sitting”. “Fence sitting” means a state of indecision or dilemma. The poem is an apt description of persons who sit on the fence, thus they are unable to take decisions on vital issues that happens around them. They are neither here or there.
1. In the first stanza of the poem, the poet says that he lies at the meeting point between the dim past and indistinct future. The hopes and aspirations of the past and the future are hazy, vague, bleak, blurred and indistinct. The poet is neither with the past nor, the future. This makes him to be on a fence.
2. In the second stanza, the poet presents himself in a situation where the truth and untruth struggles in an endless battle of supremacy that is the poet cannot be identified with those who say the truth or lies. He is on the fence.
3. In the third stanza, the poet opines that he is in a place where time moves forward and backward. This oscillating movement of time does not give the poet time to pause (sigh) and rest so that he can brood on his pathetic situation which is characterized by sadness, tiredness and disappointment.
4. In the last stanza (7th), the poet says that he is in a place where the need for good and doing good are in a constant disagreement. Need for good are things which the humans needs to have a just, virile and egalitarian society.