Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thinking Thursday: 2 Roads

Who hasn't had to memorize this poem at some point in their education? If you haven't, you must do it now! Of course I didn't understand the point of memorizing "The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost when I was in 8th grade. I sure am glad I know it now, so that when I see beautiful places like this, it brings me back to that poem and makes me think of all kinds of wonderful imagery and of choices made or not made.

We had to pull this poem apart, line by line, and isn't that really the only way to read poetry? At least it is the only way I understand poetry! I just love the thought of taking the road less traveled, but find too, that the road traveled can also be a great thing. Must we really always be different, choose the harder road, go the path less traveled? I guess it depends on the person. I have had my experiences with both roads and can't say either were bad. Of course, the less traveled road will sure help you to learn and grow.
It's a hard call and we are all entitled to our own choices and "roads", but here's to hoping that we choose the right road no matter how hard or how easy it is. If it is right for me, it is right for me.

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; 5
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, 10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step 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. 15
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.
-Robert Frost

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