Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A little bit o' Frost


...and a lot of ignorance.
I was in a meeting last weekend. The subject of "life's paths" came up. Everyone was offering insights, endeavoring the profundity of sages.
I half-hoped that it wouldn't come up, the old "Robert Frost wrote a poem...."
But it did -brought up by the guy sitting next to me no less.
"Robert Frost wrote a poem, I think it's called The Road Less Travelled and he says in there that we should take the road that is less travelled in life."
The guy in charge queried, "And why should we?"
"Because it makes all the difference."
"That's right."
Are they serious?
And then I overheard from the row behind me, a guy saying, "That's a good point."
Wow. Am I the only one who's read the poem for what it is?
I know I probably rant a little much about this, but I suppose it's because it pops up so frequently. I wanted to protest and set them all straight, but I bit my tongue and saved the thought for another day, yet knowing how way leads on to way...
It's called "The Road Not Taken". Hello.
When one knows nothing of poetry, they shouldn't dabble in the realm. They're gonna look really dumb.

4 comments:

Alicia said...

Going to look dumb?

I'm afraid they already crossed that bridge. I bet they felt pretty good about themselves, quoting Frost.

Ha ha ha!

Steven said...

I'm super glad we have each other to share these things with.
So what if we're the only people who actually read our literature blog.

Alicia said...

I know.
For example, you were the first person I thought of when I went through the drive-thru at Wendy's, and they had a sign posted informing patrons that they were, in fact, out of the mushrooms. The mushrooms.
And you were the first person I thought of when someone sent a text about the election poles. Can't you just see a pretty lady in a red, white, and blue bikini dancing around an election pole? Patriotic little thing, isn't she?

Steven said...

Why does everyone get excited to hear, "And the polls are in!" Doesn't that mean the dancing's over???
Something I thought the other day: People say this, but never think about what it means; I could care less...
That would imply that the person actually does care, and that the other party should persue the issue further. It sounds right, but the proper way, though it's all too cliche for my liking, is, I couldn't care less. No room for error there.