The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled


the road less travelled

7 August, 2018

What does this picture tell you? A lone traveller on a deserted road? A path where the flora towers over mankind? Are we are mere inconspicuous beings?

For me, this photo not just brought back memories of my awe-inspiring walk on the lone road, at Balur, Chikmagalur, South India; but also conjured up a medley of words in my minds eye, by my two favourite poets, Rumi and Robert Frost.  

“Beyond right doings and wrong doings there’s a field, I shall meet you?” “Or two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I took the one less travelled.”

 I am also glad to be able to share these two evocative pieces, that have adorned my being, for many many moons.


"Out beyond ideas of wrong doingand
right doing there is a field.I'll meet 
you there.When the soul lies down in that grass 
the world is too full to talk about.

 Ideas, language and the phrase "each other"doesn't make sense anymore."


The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost, 18741963

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 kept 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.



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10 thoughts on “The Road Less Travelled

  1. Frost’s words have been on ,y mind like an impression. I read the poem as a school girl and still can’t it off my head 😉
    Your picture goes so well with the poetry. The thing about your WW posts is that they have a part of your life. It’s not just a photo but a memory.

  2. I love Rumi’s poetry! You’ve inspired me to leaf through my Rumi books and oracle deck. I think I may have the beginnings of a new idea to work on! Fingers crossed it doesn’t flitter away before I can catch it!

  3. AH! What a coincidence it is!!! I used the title ‘The road not taken’ for a travel series I started penning down recently. I was inspired by the poem and named first part of the series that i posted as “The road not taken”.

  4. Such a delightful post, Nats and so filled with wisdom.

    I’ve always loved Frost’s poem and your picture and words do more than enough justice to it <3

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