Wednesday Quotable – The Road Not Taken

Some things are not as they seem. “The Road Not Taken” has served as inspiration for individualism, but poet Robert Frost meant it to be sarcastic and satirical. He actually laughed at the meaning ascribed to his poem. Enjoy it!

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 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.

-Robert Frost

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One response to “Wednesday Quotable – The Road Not Taken

  1. The story of my life, basically, is summed up in the last five lines of that poetry. I do not live like most people live, do not talk like most the of people I am constantly around, don’t have the same recreational activities and I don’t think like most others I encounter at work and in society at large.

    Lots of kids I knew in my teen years are physically dissipated, in prison or dead.

    One of the greatest gifts God’s Grace showered upon me was an idea– that what other people thought about me, did or said were not as important as God.

    In addition, I get a large charge out of doing things that others don’t, won’t or can’t do. Please do not misunderstand. I enjoy some things that everybody else does– good food, good clothes on my back, a good paycheck, a good house, but even there my definition of what those good things are differs with a lot of, if not most, people.

    And that has made all the difference. What a great life I have enjoyed.

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