The Road Ne’er Traveled


A wood of gold
where winds
tales ne’er told
of young and old.

I stand alone.

A fork has stopped
my wandering feet
the beat
++++of my steps
now broken before
two roads along
the forest floor.

Frost, I think,
could this truly be?
The place where he
once stood
++++so still
in morning’s chill
of the yellow wood?

One road true
++++and beat,
trodden down
by many feet.
The other
writhes and twists
through mist —
a test.
++++A quest
of purest heart.

Dear Frost,
I know your choice
your voice
the one less traveled by
++++but I
know not which path
is mine.

The one I choose —
the road ne’er traveled,
the way unmarked.

Neither road for me.

I’ll make
my own way
and perhaps someday
a traveler will stand here
and choose the path
I have laid.

I wade among
++++and thistles,
beauty with pain
I gladly claim
in a wood of gold
where winds
tales ne’er told
of young and old
and passerby
who forged a trail
ne’er traveled by.



Written in March 2013



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I'm an award-winning fantasy author, artist, and photographer from La Porte, Indiana. My poetry, short fiction, and memoir works have been featured in various anthologies and journals since 2005, and several of my poems are available in the Indiana Poetry Archives. The first two novels in my Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms series both received the Literary Titan Gold Book Award in 2020.

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