The Road Taken, a poem by S Francis

Yes, I found it, just the road I needed,
Less the doubts and questions,
Inside woods I know I knew. Now, that done,
The snow begins in small flakes
One each one each
One at a time they fall to their place
On the leaves that too
One each one each
One at a time fell to their place. Here.

Here, where stillness can only be unstilled
By a breeze that misses the leaves felled
And deer that escape too soon for season.
I am here, too, still as snow on a leaf,
My heart a tiny rhythm for the voice
That trembles through bare branches.
Hear… what matters… here… what matters
One each one each
One at a time fell still in their place.

This has been one of the most well received poem since my return to blogging at fullbeardlit.org. Read more about the poem here:

The Road Taken, revision and analysis

S Francis began writing poetry as a teenager in New Hampshire and kept at it throughout a 27 year career in the Navy. During that time he found homes for poems in Scholastic, Powhatan Review, Skipping Stones, Portfolio, and the Virginia Pilot as well as having a collaborative poem shared in Christine Ray’s brilliant Myths of Girlhood. For a year he actively blogged as Sailor Poet and co-founded the Go Dog Go Cafe. Following his retirement from active duty, he has begin pursuing a writing career in earnest and has resumed blogging at fullbeardlit.org as well as at the Go Dog Go Cafe.

(C) 2019, S Francis Fuller

17 thoughts on “The Road Taken, a poem by S Francis

  1. This is absolutely beautiful and brilliant. This resonated with me deeply.
    Really love these few lines as well:

    “Here, where stillness can only be unstilled
    By a breeze that misses the leaves felled
    And deer that escape too soon for season.
    I am here, too, still as snow on a leaf,
    My heart a tiny rhythm for the voice…”

    Sublime detail. An amazing piece!

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  2. Pingback: March Gratitude 3/11/20 “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” by Robert Frost or the One Where I Thank My Fourth Grade Teacher and Explain How I Found My Spiritual Strength. | Fullbeard Lit

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