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