The Road Taken
By Kate, age 18, California
One of my very favorite poems is written by the late Robert Frost, and entitled "The Road Not Taken". I find it to be one of the most beautiful, thought provoking, and inspiring poems I have ever studied.
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
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 is 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 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.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
To roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
After studying this poem many times, my thoughts created a rebuttal to Mr. Frost's amazing words.
The Road I Took
By Kate (me)
Robert Frost once wrote a poem,
And in time I came to find,
That he wanted me to choose a path,
So I did, and traveled mine.
I began my journey with hesitation,
Avoiding the rocky terrain,
To only find I was fooling myself,
Here's to my mind what came:
I was the tree that stood so high
Towering over the incomplete
Until I found I belonged far lower,
To come face to face with myself,
I would meet.
I said to myself, "keep walking",
What lies ahead is up to you,
Mr. Frost was correct,
I chose the path that came to few.
But unlike the sweet refrain he wrote,
My path was much of a coincidence
To openly say to Mr. Frost,
That's what made all the difference.
I hope your mind is inspired and your thoughts are provoked. Dare I say more? For giving too much away fails to make the path you choose a mystery. : )