The last poem Rick memorized was when he was in high school. It's time to memorize another, he decided. He decided that something is wrong when you don't have time to read poetry. Or look at pictures. He started getting such crazy thoughts when he hit 40. When he realized he could not, he should not, work harder than everyone he knew. He finally realized that he will not make it to millionaire. He finally realized that being comfortable will do just fine. His goals are more realistic now: Keep the marriage together and pay off the mortgage. And he has vowed to read more and look more because poetry and pictures are comfortable. Like mashed potatoes. The last poem he memorized was the one about the yellow woods. Frost wrote it when he was 41.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost - 1915
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 wanting 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 kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted 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 travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Title: The Road Not Taken
First released for sale: 11/7/01
Price: $250 for a signed 13 x 19"
From Edgar Gonzalez: "I have always been enchanted with this amazing poem by Robert Frost, which I consider so romantic, tender and, at the same time, so down-to-earth, as it is a brilliant metaphor of everyone's life. To choose or not to choose a given road of life: that's a tremendous dilemma. I have used so many times this poem to teach not only English but motivation as well. There is no better illustration than the one you have chosen: Splendid photo! Thanks!"