The Road Not Taken

road less taken


I stopped today beside the road

that I had never taken;

I gazed along those verdant slopes

at what I had forsaken.

My broken spots pulled hard toward

‘what ifs’ and ‘might have beens’ –

My heart was caught and hung upon

the fence where doubt begins.

I cannot walk along that path,

my choices barred its entry;

I’ll never know its final trail,

so Grace will be its sentry.

24 comments on “The Road Not Taken

  1. Fig Tree Chance says:

    Oh Wow, oh wow–wow-wonderful.

  2. Lyle Krahn says:

    That’s a great sentry.

  3. Ponder says:

    “The road taken–anywhere there’s a new blog I can rent” πŸ™‚

  4. Noelene says:

    Love that last line “so Grace will be its sentry” – a very liberating way to let regrets go! Thank you for sharing.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks, Noelene! I like what you saw in this piece. I s’pose we all have regrets – I can’t say that I always allow grace to be the sentry, but I’m working on it!

  5. Sissym says:

    I can understand what you said because I also have this feeling “my choices barred its entry; I’ll never know its final trail,”


  6. Debbie says:

    My Melody, this was so well done and the message so perfect for us! Thank you bunches!

  7. Broken spots. Love this. Very relatable

  8. I love this. I have been trying for months to write my own “Road Not Taken” poem and I am having difficulty getting it just right.

    • melodylowes says:

      Sometimes the words just don’t want to order themselves! Maybe you need to just let it sit for a while longer. If I write under pressure things don’t seem to go very well…. Happy New Year!!

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