This week’s poem – one of my all-time favourites – has been recommended by Sean Michael French from Bibby Distribution in Yeadon, Leeds. Sean writes: “This poem has seen me through good times and bad. If I am ever in a reflective mood I always turn to the words and remind myself that I am on the right path.”
The Road Not Taken
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.
This one is great to read aloud. Try speaking it to yourself, or maybe have a go at reading it to your colleagues!
I like its ambiguity. The phrase ‘that has made all the difference’ is usually used in reference to something good that has happened. If the path chosen was the right one though, why does the speaker tell ‘this with a sigh?’ It’s something to ponder…
Let me know what you think!