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The Road Less Travelled

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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."

-Rumi

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. Parul Thakur says:

    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. Modern Gypsy says:

    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. thoughts thru lens says:

    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”.

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