Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Writer's Island #18 - Crossroad

Today's Writer's Island prompt is "Fork in the Road" and/or "Crossroad". A moment in time when a decision has been made which shaped your destiny. Immediately upon reading this prompt I thought of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken", one of my favorite poems of all time. So, before I get to my own writing today, I give you his:

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 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.

Of course, now that I have posted his, I feel anything I could write would pale, so we'll keep it short and simple, it's Haiku time once again:


Before me it lies
A decision to be made
Which path shall I take

Copyright 2007 - Karina


lissa said...

short and simple

tumblewords said...

Oh, yes. How to know. Which one? Why? I've always liked this Frost poem.

Marja said...

You said it all in your Haiky. Thanks for sharing the beautiful Frost poem

Herb Urban said...

Nice Haiku. It says it all, short and sweet.

gautami tripathy said...

that frost poem is one of my fvourites. thanks fo sharing it..

your haiku too, is on target...

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice and simple! Great Frost poem too

rebecca said...

you and i are kindred spirits. frost's poem was the one i immediately thought of by this week's prompt and wanted to write something about it, around, it, adding to it....but everything paled! how can you simply top perfection?

instead i went a totally different route!

thank you for posting this fave poem of mine.