Thursday, July 5, 2007

"The Road Not Taken"

We have a book called "The Intellectual Devotional". It's like regular devotional books, except that instead of "inspiration" it has information. Last night I flipped it open and just happen to come across this Robert Frost poem. Interesting to me how it came upon a poem after posting tournament pics and going down memory lane to those tournaments, and the cafe and the tree.

I had never read the full poem before, though I have heard the first line many times over the years. Having read it, I do like it. To me it's saying that many of our decisions, no matter how big or small, each have their pros and cons, but rarely is one decision vastly better or worse than the other. No matter which path we take, somewhere down the line we'll be looking back and wondering "What if?". What if I had done A instead of B? Things would be different, sure; but in the end, all factors accounted for, could one really be better than the other?

I'm glad for all of my experiences and all of the people I've known. I'm glad for the decisions I've made, and those I let pass. Sure, if I fought for the funding and gone to college I could very well have a successful job and money to burn, but odds are just as good that I'd be lonely, working my way towards spinsterhood. I may not have joined OWR, met Wkd and along that path joined MySpace to reconnect with my friends here.

"The Road Not Taken"

by: Robert Frost

"Two road 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 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:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Frost Facts:

1) Frost was well aware that most readers misinterpreted "The Road Not Taken." During one famous lecture, he warned the audience, "You have to be careful of that one. It's a tricky poem, very tricky."

2) Frost's career started remarkably late for a poet. His first published collections, A Boy's Will, did not appear until he was almost forty.

3) President John F. Kennedy greatly admired the works of Frost, who read his poem "The Gift Outright" at his inauguration ceremony in 1961.

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