Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Two roads diverged...

Choices. My civ pro professor led a discussion on a novel we read detailing certain rules of civil procedure... but first asked us "What struck you about this story"... we discussed characters... emotions... what type of world view it reflected... For the first time in all my law school career I raised my hand to participate. As everyone sat discussing the book.... I felt transported to a time not so long ago... I remembered English lit courses, book groups...seeing my name in print... eating dinner with my family.. them asking me what "Mahfouz", my latest character, was up to in my novel... I heard this poem by Robert Frost when I was ten and it was no deeper than a man simply lost in the woods... but now... as I read it again.... years later... the poem's truth pierced... So many times in our lives we are faced with two paths... some take the path less traveled...Abu you did that too didn't you? So many choices we jump into.

Can't help but wonder.. did I take the path more traveled? Will this make all the difference.

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, 1

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.

- Robert Frost

9 comments:

mystic-soul said...

Dear Aisha

I think your parents took the less travelled path so when he said;
"Oh, I kept the first for another day!"...he meant that another day for you and when I read your blog..he absolutely succeeded. Yes "And that (he) has made all the difference".

God grant your parents all good health and blessings for raising such a good child and for taking hard labourfull less travelled.

Jane said...

I don't think it really matters if you take the road more or less travelled, Aisha, as long as you take the one that is right for you. In the end, isn't that what is really important?

Aisha said...

Mystic that is an interesting interpretation of the poem. When I read it I saw two paths, one that involved risk... one that was a bit safer... I think my father took the path less trodden when he left all he knew and moved to the US on a hope that life here would be better. He took a less traveled road than sticking with the routine. so I guess Jane that is my question... did I take the road that was right for me? Law school wasn't exactly the safe road... for sure its hard and demanding and certainly it was scary to quit my job... but writing was my dream.. I took a different path... the path more traveled on... did I do the right thing?

Just "grass is greener" type of reflections I guess :)

Baji said...

Aisha,
I remember reading somewhere that you have three dreams (career-wise) to be a writer, a teacher, and a lawyer. I am consistently amazed by your courage to go for all three. This is definitely a road less traveled. I imagine you will incorporate all three dreams throughout your life offerings.

ASH said...

Life is about risk and weighing risk. You decide which trail to take based on decisions that at the time make sense to you or seem to weigh in one direction or the other.....but you still have an uncertain outcome no matter which path you take. But once committed to the trail you should not look back, because no matter it's course the path will diverge again deeper in the wood and you will be faced with a new decision.

I have taken different paths through the forest...sometimes the less trodden one, sometimes the more worn one. But I have no regrets, in the end I am contented knowing that God knew beforehand which one I would choose....I only had the illusion of control.

Emory said...

Good post Aisha. I could write oodles on this question, and Frost's work.

I suppose the question would be one of motivation. What motivated Frost, you and I to take the paths we have taken.

illuxon said...

i absolutely love this poem. it single handedly changed my life 4 years ago. but thats a long story

elysium said...

I agree with what's stated above..
This poem didn't necessarily change my life -- but it is a blueprint of who I have become today, and I am thankful that I am a better person as a result of the choices I made.. the roads usually not taken.

:)

Aisha said...

Guys thanks for all your comments! This indeed is a powerful poem. I heard it first at ten... now that I have life experience to go with it, the poem is simply beautiful.

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