Sunday, September 5, 2010

Prompt 132: Choices

Thanks to Joseph of Naming Constellations for this week's prompt, choices. Here is his poem, which he calls an homage to Robert Frost.

Pathfinder


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and yet they seemed unkind to me:
it does a traveler no good
to see the possum meat and blood
that stain their black periphery.

These asphalt snakes that loop the field
with broken spines in pallid paint,
they fester like a wound unhealed.
The deer and fox are well-concealed:
their shadows grey, their outlines faint.

No more they dare themselves to stray
across that tarry river in the trees:
nor did I wish more to go that way.
I cleared the brush like August hay,
to see the paths the clever fox sees.

Cars pass in the corner of my eye:
I creep alongside them, heel to toe.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I wanted neither to travel by,
and thus made my own way to go.
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