Thursday, May 15, 2008

One of my favorites...

A recent conversation I had with Deb reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of poetry. Mr. Robert Frost, who inhabited my neck o' the woods for much of his life, wrote this little piece that I draw much inspiration from:

The Road not Taken.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that, the passing there
had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no feet had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference

by Robert Frost


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this Robert...I think it's amazing how one poem can have such different meaning to two people.

"I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference"

Ed said...

Robert, for me it was Henry David Thoreau "Walden" that help lead to a turning point in my life.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drum. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away”

I think this is a similar thought to taking the road less traveled. What may be the best path for everyone else in the world may not be the best path for us. We probably need to be willing to strike out our own, make our own path, if we are every to know what our full potential is.

Deb, it is interesting how we both took our own path in life, but yours led to God and mine away from religious belief. Perhaps we crossed paths somewhere along the way. :)

No one can know which is the best path for you to take. It is something we all must discover for ourselves.

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