The road taken, the trail traversed, the track experienced, this is my bliss. It plays into aspects of my life not walking related, the roads taken in reading, painting, gardening, meals, friendships, driving … There are friends along the way, sister tree, brother rock, birds, marsupials, fish, so much to enjoy and take in, and get to know in some way. The road taken might mean another or others not taken, but so be it, and as Frost says, this one “has made all the difference.” Though, clearly, he could have said the same had he walked the other one. But, and I agree, the road less travelled is somehow more inviting. Perhaps its the liminance of choice, the threshold that is truly delicious?

And, speaking of Robert Frost, one of the truly great poets in my estimation, wrote this wonderful poem, a poem which is ingrained in my psyche, a poem I have embodied, and which in part goes some to explaining my bliss of bush walking and love of nature. I tell it with a sigh, a sigh of longing, and a sigh of love.

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.




Filed under bush walking, Country, life, poetry, Spirituality

26 responses to “Bliss

  1. Roda

    So beautiful!

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  2. I have to agree the road less travelled often brings the most bliss.

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  3. Roda

    Reblogged this on Growing Self and commented:
    Such a powerful post! Thank you Paul, for your wisdom and light!

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  4. This is one of my favorite poems. In life, only few people choose the road less traveled — but many times, it is the most rewarding.

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  5. As beautiful is the Robert Frost classic poem so is your explanation and need for taking walks in your life.The way you mention you walks in the nature is so blissful to read.

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  6. loved reading your post

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  7. MNL

    that’s one of my favorite poems too.

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