Poetry Corner: The Road Not Taken

Mungo ParkOn this day in 1771 was born Mungo Park at Foulshiels, near Selkirk. On qualifying as a doctor from Edinburgh University, Park moved to London where he was appointed assistant surgeon on a expedition to Sumatra, under the direction of the botanist Sir Joseph Banks. Following this successful trip Park set off on a expedition to the unexplored territory of the Gambia. read more at Scot Clans 



The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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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  1. “Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on”. – ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – Robert Plant

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