Robert Ling


The Dog Not Watched - Poem by Robert Ling

Two dogs diverged, running, in a wood,
and sorry I could not watch them both,
and be one watcher, long I stood,
and watched down one, as far as I could,
to where it faded in the undergrowth.

Then watched the other, just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim,
because it was well -bred and wire-haired,
though as for they that can pass there,
had worn the foliar road about the same,

And both that morning equally play,
In leaves no step had trodden black,
Oh, I marked the first for another day,
yet knowing how dogs run the way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh,
somewhere ages and ages hence,
two dogs were running the road, and I,
I choose the one less preferred by,
and that has made all the difference.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Reading the Poem of Robert Frost, 'The road not taken', has inspired me to play a jigsaw-word game, substituting his words with other words, so writing one Poem for myself.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, August 19, 2012


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