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Martin Swords

(9th December Nineteen Fifty / Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland)

A Walk In The Woods With Robert Frost


Overcast but warm,
The day dry, unusually.
Walking the woods with the dogs
As many times before.
Lucy and Tig, away in the rough dark deep,
Yipping with the scent of deer, excited.
Ruby, river scrambling, biting
At the bogwater, wagging, from the shoulders back



Along the old familiar track, into
The clearing where the roads diverge.
I stopped and stood. Which way to go?
Think of another Poet, and roads not taken.
Yes, I’ve been here before. This way I came.
That way I saw a squirrel once.
And down that way a badger
Straight on, the Mill Pond where ducks dabble.
Behind me then a stag, stares my way, and
Startled, slips into the wood.
I think again of Robert Frost and look a different way.
I stand a while. I turn, retrace my steps, recall, relive,
I’ll write this down, and this will be
The road I’ve taken.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Edited: Sunday, March 20, 2011

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  • jhuzzie ** (12/29/2011 7:21:00 AM)

    nice poem :)
    , i wonder how can you do this kind of poem.
    I wnt 2 compose a poem, but how? : -) (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Kumin (5/11/2011 9:51:00 AM)

    You can tell that you're a poet. It's good to see a decent poem among loads of highly rated, but artless, attempts. (Report) Reply

  • Shirley Woods (7/26/2009 3:22:00 PM)

    Hi Martin,

    Really like this - favourite poem learnt by heart in school - long ago. Still remember all the words though! ! Absolutely lovely take on it and something that wouldn't have occurred to me, Best wishes (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (7/24/2009 2:05:00 AM)

    Every one likes Robert Frost....you've fared very well....kindly read my poem 'Thank you Mr.Robert Frost'....thank you (Report) Reply

  • Teresa Dearing (4/2/2009 8:52:00 AM)

    Lovely, Robert is a fav of mine and you have captured his essence in this poem.
    Tks for sharing your walk.
    T (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (10/3/2008 1:14:00 PM)

    Very evocative. Robert Frost is a favorite poet of mine. I think
    you have captured his mood very nicely. Thank you
    for a very fine walk in the woods.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • James B. Earley (8/30/2008 4:42:00 PM)

    My friend.....in the company of Robert Frost...it's more of a journey....than a walk! Excellent composition> (Report) Reply

  • Cordell Rich (7/29/2007 12:34:00 AM)

    I try to be honest in my comments and helpful as well. I started reading your poems because of a post to the forum you made. Im glad I did. I think this is one of your better peoms. I find the first paragraph better than the second. Brave to partner up with one of the greatest poems ever written. (Report) Reply

  • Ben Gieske (7/17/2007 2:22:00 PM)

    Very well done. I am presently reading a book of Robert Frost's Poems, especially selected by him for publication. You have successfully captured more than just the title of his famous poem. I can see resemblances in a lot of things that you chose to say. (Report) Reply

  • Jw Cy (7/17/2007 4:27:00 AM)

    I loved this! Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken is my favourite. (Report) Reply

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