by Barbara Nevins Taylor
We awoke to find that 2017 began with a burst of beauty in our home. The cactus flower spread in brilliant color, almost in full bloom, offering a sweet message for us to share.
But I wanted to put more on the page and looked through the titles on my shelves. I reached for a book of poems by Robert Frost. It fell open to a long-time favorite. When I scanned the lines, reciting some from memory, the poem seemed perfect. It reads like a love letter to optimism, risk-taking and just what we need for the year ahead.
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
took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Here’s a short clip of a video of Frost struggling with his own copy at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration on January 20, 1961.