Road Less Traveled

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Fall ish RSI rounded a curve that brought me here…

As I drove up the canyon last week I came to a bit of a bend in the road that forced me to make a choice.

The majority of “fall viewers” were driving up the wider and less dusty path… so I took the road less traveled…  the serendipitous road  that made all the difference. Which brought to mind one of my life long poems I love.

The Road Not Taken 

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 marked 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.

TELL ME… take a minute to re-read that poem and tell me what you think it means?

Do you think it means : the literal (and more common) interpretation, the poem is inspirational, a paean to individualism, to non-conformism?

Or do you think it means: the ironic interpretation, widely held by critics, is that the poem is instead about regret and personal myth-making, rationalizing our decisions?

Or are you with me when I think it means: Not the opportunities foregone or lost — but rather emphasises on choices made and embracing  and celebrating them?

Tell me– really — I would love to hear what your thoughts are!


Wild Turkeys RS

Are we all just a bunch of WILD TURKEYS???  🙂 Running a muck?



*Amie Beck – pink tree cake* (not my photo)

To my darling Sister, SDD— May you have the happiest of Bdays darling! I miss you and hope you have a wonderful day– you are one of the biggest TURKEYS of them all! Smooch!!

As always visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer where she launches her weekly Outdoor Wednesday party!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

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October 7, 2009 at 12:02 am | Inspiration | 10 comments


10 responses to “Road Less Traveled”

  1. Riet says:

    Your photo’s are so beautiful. I love all the coloured trees/
    Have a nice day

  2. Pat says:

    Love the views and Robert Frost’s poem is always so meaningful.

    Happy birthday to your sister!

  3. Karen Cox says:

    Hi Claudia,
    First of all, this is one of my favorite poems.  I have often thought about this poem, when making my life decisions.
    I have never taken the safe road, but the one that others rejected.  One way leads to another way, and although I would like to go back just out of curiousity…the ways have led me too deep to ever get back.  I think this poem is a metaphor for those of us who never take the easy road.  The last line, no regrets, sheer joy at the discoveries made.
    I hope you are having a great week.  Did you get my little card?

  4. LaVoice says:

    You have some very beautiful fall pictures.  Such pretty bright colors.  To me ,the man in the poem got to the point in his life that he had to make a decision concerning his life. We all have a chose  as to how we live each day.  He seems to have chosen the right path for a better life,

  5. Mary says:

    Your photos are breathtaking. As to the poem, it’s the ambiguity that makes it so widely read. Its meaning lies in the imagination of the reader. I tend toward the later interpretation not because I’m a cynic but because I can’t imagine a life so perfect that there is no wonder or regret attached to it.

  6. Tracy says:

    What beautiful photos!  Fabulous colors!  As for The Road Not Taken which is one of my favorite poems, Karen Cox above, took the words right out of my mouth.  She summed up my thoughts exactly.

    ~ Tracy

  7. Cindy says:

    I’ve always loved that poem and you have the most awesome pics!  The other day there was  a group of wild turkeys right in my yard eating my apples~ now that was quite the sight!  Cindy

  8. Claudie says:

    Well Claudia
    Sorry to say I have no idea what it means…I’m not a poetry kind of gal.. Do you still love me?? lol
    Happy Birthday to your sister. I’m sure she doesn’t look like a turkey if she looks like you lol
    Love your pics my friend.
    Love Claudie

  9. Beautiful photos – thanks  for sharing.

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