|Actual paths diverging in an actual wood.|
With an actual copy of Frost's poem posted there.
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.
A search for choices in poetry reveals many gems ... here are a couple of stanzas.
Choices by Tess Gallagher
saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in
the uppermost branches.
I don’t cut that one.
I don’t cut the others either.
Choice by Emily Dickinson
When figures show their royal front
And mists are carved away, --
Behold the atom I preferred
To all the lists of clay!
Prompt #17: Write a poem that includes an important choice. Is this a choice that defines a future fate? Does this choice influence relationships with people, animals, or the Earth? Or perhaps it is a choice that elucidates or reinforces some aspect of character? Consider these questions as you craft your poem.
For something more specific, make your poem very short. Choose each word with great care, thinking not just about the words you are choosing, but the ones that are not being chosen, as well.
As as always I'll be using the prompt somehow in a sci-fi, horror, or fantasy context.
Did you use this or one of our other prompts? You can post your poem in our comments, if you like.
Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credits: Woodland paths Wikimedia Commons CC2.0 Tony Atkin