Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” is one of my favorite poems, as it deals with one of my favorite topics: choices. In my mind, this poem includes three of the best lines of poetry ever written:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Throughout our lives we make many, many choices; perhaps, as many as there are stars in the cosmos. I believe that it is these choices that shape us, even more so than nature and nurture. I touched upon this idea in my poem “My Apologies.” When looking back at the past, it is easy to blame family, friends, teachers, the government, or just about anybody for the way things turned out in our lives. When you think about it long and hard, though, you would be hard-pressed not to come to the conclusion that your choices landed you right where you are. Sometimes choices are easy, other times they are more difficult; either way, they are yours and yours alone to make. For Frost, taking the path less traveled made all the difference. Hopefully, one day I’ll look back and think choosing to write again made all the difference. I suppose time will tell….