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The Road Not Taken

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a mellow wood, 
with rugged paths and uphill roads further ahead, 
dimly or half-hidden, as the wood deepened.
Strained my eyes, trying to glimpse 
the surprises in store. 
But such view is beyond mortal eyes.
Perhaps part of my earthly tests. 
Perhaps part of the Big Riddle: 
'Wherever I go, there I am.'

When young, no matter which road I took 
and forged ahead, seeking prizes, 
or meeting setbacks, reversed, 
chose another road or repeated the cycle, 
half-consciously, I carried that heavy Log 
of desires, prides, fears, jealousies.

With hindsight, I realized: 
My feet didn’t get to choose.
Rather, that Log came alive.
It got hungry, feeding on my prides and anxieties, 
growing into a huge, shadowy Creature. 
Soon it dragged me along, 
pulling me to walk that kind of road
in a secular way in a secular world.

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  1. Date: 12/26/2013 2:53:00 AM
    Nice write. I enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 9:01:00 PM
    Merton, this are the kinds of thoughts we all have, yes? Good write, my friend. Allan

    Lee Avatar Merton Lee
    Date: 10/11/2013 1:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Allan, much appreciated. I also posted some comments on your poem, which is very well written. Have a great week ahead. Merton
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 9:11:00 AM
    Hi Merton, love the inspiration you share.... I think one of my writes were inspired by Mr Frost... I don't know what happen to that poem... anyways~~~ You did well... and I love your take on his ...xox~Linda

    Lee Avatar Merton Lee
    Date: 9/16/2013 6:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Linda, for the kind and encouraging comments. Much appreciated. On my part, I love reading and enjoying your poems. I have been reading and re-reading many of your poems in the past few weeks. They are very inspiring, fresh and memorable. Will continue to read them. Have a great week ahead. Regards, Merton
  1. Date: 9/11/2013 9:20:00 AM
    - A very well written poem, Merton ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Lee Avatar Merton Lee
    Date: 9/11/2013 6:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the kind comments. have a great week. Regards, Merton
  1. Date: 9/10/2013 1:04:00 PM
    Great take on this! So true about our baggage defeating us and leaving only one path! I like the uplifting ending! Molly

    Lee Avatar Merton Lee
    Date: 9/11/2013 4:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Molly, on my part, I like and really enjoy all your poems. They are very memorable and I read them again and again. have a great week. Merton.