Poetry Jam this week has the theme of “Path” as its stimulus for all contributors who choose to respond to this creative writing challenge. While lots of ideas came into my mind when considering the topic, the most obvious is what generated the poem you see below as my contribution (with obvious inspiration from Robert Frost):
The Path not Chosen
And I wonder what would have happened
Had I taken that other path?
A life lived differently, is another life,
Another's life, after all.
Would all have been better, brighter,
And the other me, happier?
My memories different, memories strange
A stranger's memories, after all.
Would I still be living or now dead,
Had I trodden a different path?
My choices disparate, a wealth of options unexplored,
Someone else's selections, after all.
And yet the path I follow,
Has given joys, as well as sorrows;
I've stepped on roses, not only thorns,
I've heard sweet songs, not just dirges,
After all, my path has been eventful.
The path not chosen, may have promised much,
But life is a great leveller,
And mixes dark and light, honey and poison;
It's up to us to make of our path a smooth one,
After all, I am grateful for my choice.