Road Taken or Not Taken

My husband recently traveled to the Boston area. How in the world can I think of Boston and all of New England without thinking of the Kennedys, President Kennedy and  Robert Frost? Some of you may not be aware the President John Kennedy  

chose Robert Frost as the national poet laureate. I was only in kindergarten when Kennedy was inaugurated, but I remember my parents and my Aunt Margie watching the inauguration. Throughout school we would at times study Robert Frost. How could we not? He was a classic American poet. This week I reflected upon choices and life strategies. I am going to put one of my favorites of his poems, and then write a bit more.

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 steps 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 should 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.


Now, my mom has quoted this poem to me my whole life. Always the thing that has stuck out for me has been the final two lines of the poem. That was the intent of my elders—my parents, my aunts and uncles, my mentors, my teachers….indeed, marching to your own drummer, while following God’s conducting wand, does make all the difference. The other day I read this poem again in its entirety. What stuck out for me that time was the two verses I put in bold….’knowing how way leads on to way’. sigh…isn’t that ever so beautiful?? How way leads on to way….it moved me to tears. From the perspective of quite a few years I can see that indeed, way does lead on to way….tiny little steps in your life lead to places you cannot imagine……it is wondrous, exciting and occasionally intimidating.

Way leads on to way, my friends…and here we are.

“He leadeth me beside still waters”…..I am blessed today…so very blessed….. 

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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30 Responses to Road Taken or Not Taken

  1. fgassette says:

    Yes we are very blessed. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Maria Tatham says:

    Yes, those lines resonate with me more more now too, Kate. When we take one path, passing by another, very gently we realize that because of the nature of life, it is doubtful that we will ever come back.
    I know the Lord has helped you to choose wisely!

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh, this is so excellent, Kate! I’m your elder sister by a “few” years–I wonder if knowing who Robt Frost is, “dates” me??? Thanks for showcasing him, and pointing out that wonderful phrase–“way leads on to way”. I’ll tell you, it’s nice to be old enough to understand that, and be able to relax–especially now that I fully experience the Shepherd Who’s leading on “the Way”. God bless you Big!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I know!!! Way leads on to way….that is so breathtaking…and can one do better that Robert Frost when it comes to breathtaking poetry….i don’t think so…..So gorgeous….[probably one of the best inaugural addresses, too}. it is the Shepherd who helps us take the right path—blessed we are.

  4. Baby steps get you there. Maybe a little longer but there. Blessings to you.

  5. auntyuta says:

    Two very well chosen pictures to go with the poem and your writing. I can only say too: This is so excellent, Kate! Thanks very much for sharing.

  6. Kate Kresse says:

    Thanks, Uta….It was a fun one to write today. It is a relief to be back at my blogging. I missed it…

  7. Wow Kate! I’m speechless really.
    Really? The Kennedy’s, Robert Frost?
    Way leading on to Way….wow….

  8. Hi Kate, Thank you. I read Robert Frost to my mother during her last illness. She admired his art so much as well. Blessings, Ellen

  9. Sojourner says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Frost had such an impact, and yet we are too busy today to enjoy his works.
    That phrase you highlighted helps emphasize our Savior’s WAY. He was never in a hurry and never moved past a person needing His touch. We need to slow down and follow that example. Also, there is nothing good coming from worry over the way taken – the past is not ours – it is gone. We can only keep moving forward, while learning from each step.
    Great post~

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks…we are so rich in the gifts of writers/poets/wise people to be our guideposts. Now we grow a crop of them among the bloggers besides. Loved your input about Jesus. You are right—He never rushed, never was too busy….excellent!

  10. TBM says:

    Ah my old stopping grounds. I think of this poem every time I see a fork in the road, literally and in my life.

  11. jelillie says:

    It is a bitter sweet truth that however much we would like to we cannot go back again. Its a good thing if we could most of us would return to Egypt. You got me thinking about this song!

  12. Yes, the intentions of all the elders, and of course, of the poet. You got it.
    The road less traveled, less dusty. More persecuted. But so much quieter. And the grass is so nice underfoot.

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