poem in your pocketTomorrow is “Poem In Your Pocket” day.  This month is National Poetry Month.  I think that goes rather well with last week being National Library Week as well.

The idea here is that you take a favorite poem in your pocket to share with friends, co-workers, classmates or anyone you meet.

While I have virtually no real poetry skills, I do enjoy poetry.  I think good poetry has a way to touch us that other literary forms might not.  Makes sense.  After all, songs are just poetry set to music, at least in my opinion.

So, in the spirit of “Poem in Your Pocket” Day here is one of my very favorite poems, from my very favorite poet, Robert Frost. Robert Frost was poet laureate of the United States in the late 1950’s.  I have loved his poetry since I was a little girl and own several books.  You can follow this link to learn more about Robert Frost.

I realized very early in my life that I was one “who took the road less traveled by” and that really has made all the difference in my life.  I think of this poem every fall when I am out hunting for fall foliage and always looking for those roads that “diverge in a yellow wood.”

I took the path less traveled by

The Road Not Taken

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,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked 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


What is your favorite poem?

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