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.


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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  1. Thanks Joseph for a wonderful prompt, I really enjoyed this one.

  2. Thank you, Joseph for this nice prompt. Although short of time, I had fun making a little ditty for it.
    I like your poem also. I had a similar OSI post back in March of 2009. The link for my name takes one to it. Yours is nicer and better structured. The ending was similar. My dog, Adi helped me back then.

  3. to have the power to make ones own choice, ones own path takes the ability to honor ones own truth. Wonderful poem.

    Thank you for this weeks prompt.

  4. I'm afraid this week's prompt caused me to be very unpoetic! But at least you have two choices! Which poem will you choose?

  5. Hi Joseph,

    Trust me I think the prompt proposed by you threw so many CHOICES.. that one wondered what to put that should be different.. I enjoyed the challenge.. you comment would be visit..

  6. One of the most enjoyed so far ! Thank you.

    daily athens

  7. Wonderful prompt! Thank you!

  8. "In retrospect," I found I could say it in a lot fewer words... :)