So much depends upon a sigh. “Two roads
Diverged,” the poet said. He chose “the one
Less travelled by.” By what criteria?
Its novelty, neglect, its unknown end—
That sealed the deal. It’s not entirely clear
The speaker—not Frost, mind you, the speaker
Is happy with the chosen path. He sighs.

So much depends on one’s criteria.
Perhaps neglect and novelty deceive.
Perhaps one ought to ask instead: Which road
Requires courage? Cowardice be gone.
Which road will honor faithfulness? Escape
Is never truly possible. Don’t run.
Which road takes sacrifice? Save life, lose it.
Lose life, save it. This makes all the difference.

(Spring 2016)