The Road not Taken

Oft it happens we cannot decide,

And by indecision abide.

So did our dear Robert Frost, the bard,

The road not taken, chose, a decision hard,

Amidst the yellow wood where the path bent.

After deep thought spent,

He deemed it to be the better claim,

Though it turned out to be the same

Paths where no feet had trodden,

As if a way forbidden.

And with a sigh of an incident, ages hence,

Memories came flooding thence,

Of taking a road not travelled making all the difference.


The poem brings to our mind our own indecision,

In our daily lives, so very puzzling and so often.

Replete with love for Mother Nature,

Our soul becomes brim-full with love, for sure,

The brilliant yellow wood’s fascinating imagery

Adds more colour to a scene dreamy.


©Pushmaotee Subrun

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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

4 thoughts on “The Road not Taken

  1. Amita Paul

    A subject that has fascinated a wide variety of poets over time and geography, especially since Frost first wrote his famous poem on the subject . Ideas may have flown more freely if not constrained by rhyme requirements , enforced without any discernible pattern of metre. The poem has an underlying natural rhythm that could be fruitfully explored.


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