"What Road Taken?" MAG

May 21, 2010
By Anonymous

Often asked and often over-looked.
A question frequently said, but never
fully understood.
What road taken?

A fleeting thought and the decision is made,
Viewed without consequences, never looking back.
And those who do decide to turn around,
See moments past and choices made.

A long and twisted path is left behind you.
Unique in every way,
for you are the only one to have taken this path.
You are surrounded by other paths; lives untaken.

You come across yourself, a small child.
Crying and alone, you try to console him.
Tenderly you comfort him, tears falling down his face.
You try to remember, but you cannot seem
to relate.
It is as if you are two separate entities,
Once alike and now completely different.

You look at your reflection in the mirror to find yourself crying.
Not tears of sorrow and pain, but of praise and rejoice.
And you recall the feelings long past,
A sense of self being.
You are whole once again!

You say your good-byes to the small child,
Continuing on your way, no longer afraid of the future.
Instead you feel something you once did,
A long time ago: excitement.
And you ask yourself
What road taken?

The author's comments:
This was originally a project assigned by our American Literature teacher. As I began to write, I couldn't quite muster up an idea as to what I should write about. As I thought more and more it came to me.
The seniors at our high school were soon to graduate and I felt myself lost. Being so close to them I wasn't sure what exactly I would do when they were gone.
I found myself thinking on past memories and that is when it came to me. I decided to write about lifes journey. About how we often don't take the time to reflect and look back. And even though times may be changing and you can't seem to relate, you will always be able to find yourself again.

Similar Articles


This article has 5 comments.

on Apr. 23 2011 at 3:48 pm
ashleyn PLATINUM, Zeeland, Michigan
39 articles 2 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't take life to seriously, nobody makes it out alive anyways"-Unknown

OMG! I love it! And I totally get what you're talking about with seniors leaving because I've been thinking about it lately, and it's going to change everything at my school...I'm going to miss them.

on Mar. 27 2011 at 1:53 pm
Frankie34 BRONZE, Arlington Heights, Illinois
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isnt about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. :)

This is very impressive. Congrats(:


on Mar. 26 2011 at 5:51 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
7 articles 0 photos 275 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Congrats on getting into the magazine, you totally deserved it. I wish I could write like this! 8) Keep on writing, this piece was a beautiful work of art.

Becca17 GOLD said...
on Mar. 25 2011 at 10:13 am
Becca17 GOLD, Belleville Ontario, Other
10 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Seven Deadly Sins:
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Congrats on getting it in the magazine! It's really fascinating and a great way to get the message across :)

on Mar. 24 2011 at 1:04 pm
Shminkanator5000 SILVER, Rochester, New York
9 articles 0 photos 67 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

This was really cool! Congrats on getting it in the magazine! I loved the message and I loved the vocabulary. Nice job! Check out some of my work? Thanks a lot!


MacMillan Books

Aspiring Writer? Take Our Online Course!