by Joe DeMarco
The False Prophet took a piece of paper out of his pocket. It was a poem. While writing it, he remembered, he felt like he was solving a puzzle. Originally, when Joe Kaye first developed the theory that he had left a message for himself in a past life, he thought he might have been Robert Frost. He had written this poem, to either prove that he was or wasnâ€™t the reincarnation of Robert Frost. After writing it he still couldnâ€™t decide, and he still didnâ€™t know what the message was that he had supposedly left for himself. He read the paper to himself. This is what was written on it.
The Road Not Taken-The Reincarnation
TWO paths emerged in greenish pasture
And since it was impossible to go down both
I thought which way would get me to my destination faster?
And wondered if speed was important when running the race
Isnâ€™t it objective that matters and not the pace?
I went down the beaten path with grass so long
Which was dark and twisting, with no end in sight
And even though I stood tall and strong
I wondered if I had wandered wrong
And philosophized if there was such a thing as wrong or right
Although each path was equally unstable
The one I strayed down had more twists and turns
Oh I kept the second path for another fable
Yet knowing how stall leads to stable
I was certain I would never return
I revisit this with a pondering thought
And years from now reflecting on the past
Two paths diverged and still I fought
And took the one thatâ€™s hardly sought
And that has made my happiness so much more vast.
In the end he decided he was not the reincarnation of Robert Frost, and went back to the drawing board studying more writers and poets.
Last updated July 22, 2012