A Month of Words

So I really liked what the drama challenge did for me–it gave a regular posing schedule of something interesting that I could write about. I want to do something like that again, only for something else I’m passionate about: words. I’m a writer, and a post on Write them all inspired me to start up a favorite hobby of mine: poetry. I want to split this next thirty days up into an alternating sequence–one poem I’ve written myself, the next day a favorite poem of mine. That way I can get back into the writing groove and share something of myself with you all. Sound alright? Ok, ready go! Today I did a lot of introduction, so I’ll just give you a favorite poem of mine:


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 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.

~ ~ ~

Every time I read this poem it takes me a while to figure out which of the two paths he’s talking about–which one is less traveled by, exactly? Switch tracks. A favorite manga of mine (Chang ge xing) discusses the idea of path–and a major part of “path” is that you commit to follow the one you have chosen. Not many people will commit to a course of action these days, afraid anything permanent could limit later options. In a way, choosing a path at all is ‘the road less traveled by’ as we journey through life. When you find what you want, admit it. Hunker down, begin to live the way you have decided to. See where it takes you. If you listen to God along the way, you can’t go wrong.

Thanks for reading,




2 responses to “A Month of Words

  1. This was the first poem I ever had as a favorite (memorized it in Jr. High), and after all these years, I still love it and would call it my favorite poem :)

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