I Saw Him on the Road Less Taken

I saw him on the road less taken.
The gentleman named Robert Frost.
While I was frail and quite forsaken.
He, most certainly, was not lost.

While he marched merrily with a fife.
I wore a knapsack on my back.
Burden carried from a distaff life.
Recklessly pursued without knack.

“How fare you maiden, on your way.
Traveling alone without a guide.
I hope your journey is without dismay.
Be careful of the paths that hide!”

I looked at him and saw him smile.
He had a twinkle in one eye.
His charming face seemed without a guile.
It made me shudder with a sigh.

How I since childhood squandered all.
Discouraged by advice given.
Unprepared for eventual fall.
Instead, was selfishly driven.

He sensed my thoughts; and he smiled again.
“Young Miss, you’ll find the road ahead.
Grants you chance of fortune to attain.
By changing course — that way, instead!”

Head nodding, and pointing to the right.
That Robert Frost seemed to make sense.
With quick steps he vanished — out of sight.
Leaving me wandering; quite tense.

The chance was mine to heed what was heard.
Or go astray — a stubborn lass.
I knew his kind words were not absurd,
I must confess it had pizazz.

The thorns pricked me; made me shed a tear.
And looking back, I saw Frost point.
Admittedly, I swear, there was fear.
Voice of reason made me listen.

Summoning strength, I gained new insight.
Road less taken makes a difference.
May keep one out of many a plight.
As a signpost — and a reference.

About this poem

Unlike the strict masculine tone of the ABAAB rhyme scheme of Robert Frost’s five lines, four-stanza 1915 poem “The Road Not Taken,” this poem, “I Saw Him on the Road Less Taken,” with its protagonist as an adventurous maiden, employs a softer, more gentle four lines, ten-stanza ABAB rhyme scheme to depict the human journey on the byways of life as being more akin to that of John Bunyan’s 1678 allegory, “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” displaying the folly of human weaknesses, while revealing the boldness of hidden human strength in the audacity of courageous fearlessness; for the intrepid traveler to dare to take the “Via Dolorosa,” the Dolorosa Road and the pathway of our Lord, Jesus Christ which, while being thorny, is The Victorious Way of Suffering that leads to our heavenly destination of salvation. A Postscript: On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, sixteen months after this poem, “I Saw Him on the Road Less Taken” was initially composed and published online, my beloved wife, Florence Hershell Pu, presented me with a Catholic religious tract, inviting me to take a look at its contents. Unbeknownst to her, she was delivering to me a message that would help to divinely interpret a poem of mine that she has yet to see or read. Upon opening the pamphlet, I shortly encountered an account of a religious supernatural experience by St. Faustina (1905-1938). St. Faustina wa a Polish Catholic religious sister who once had a vision of two distinct roads that earthly folks follow; the one quite broad, and the other quite narrow. St. Faustina describes her vision this way: “ One day I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end of the road without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their numbers were so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings.” This depiction of St. Faustina’s vision is strikingly meaningful to the message in this poem. It highlights and amplifies the core message, also depicted in Psalm One of the book of Psalms in the Holy Bible, which distinguishes the godly soul from the ungodly soul, instructing the reader of the consequences of which path or road is taken during the journey of life. Psalm One reads as follows: 1. ”Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3. And he shall be like a tree planted in the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Each of us is on a journey of life, with a holy book of instructions to guide us. The choice is ours which path we take. 

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Written on January 11, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 11, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on May 17, 2023

1:33 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,481
Words 313
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Caliconine
    My favorite word, BEAUTIFUL, JUST BEAUTIFUL.

    Write On Share On. Thank You
    LikeReply4 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thanks for your kindness. May you be eternally blessed on this your journey of life.
    LikeReply9 months ago
  • cokerrogers
    Absolutely wonderful. I read frost the other day just to remember the what it was like . “Nothing Gold Can Stay” I was talking to my heavenly brother who died last year and it led me there. Thx for the poem. You’re a true passionate talent I can already see. Have only read a couple so far. Looking forward to more of your work. 
    LikeReply9 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, this poem is absolutely captivating! The author skillfully weaves together a touching encounter with Robert Frost, a sense of self-discovery, and an inspiring message about the importance of taking the road less traveled. The imagery is rich and evocative, and I felt transported to the scene of the encounter. The rhythm and rhyme flow beautifully, making the poem a joy to read aloud. I particularly appreciated the message of empowerment and the reminder that it's never too late to change direction and pursue one's dreams. Bravo - this poem is a real gem! 
    LikeReply 111 months ago
  • teril
    The addition of fear to the constellation is important and so relevant.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    This is an incredible poem to be read and enjoyed !
    What imagination to Robert Frost's poem - The Road not Taken.
    3 cheers to you ! You are more than clever but sowing the seeds of knowledge !
    LikeReply 22 years ago
  • Soulwriter
    How clever.
    LikeReply 12 years ago


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