“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
("Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost)
Robert Frost has been my favorite poet since high school! I especially love “The Road Not Taken” and “The Pasture.” I particularly remember reading the poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” in English class. The teacher tried to help us to understand the theme of this poem is Robert Frost’s reflections on growing older, death, and dying. For me, as a teenager, it was just a simple poem about winter. Now that I’m older I see what my teacher meant.
“I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep,” epitomizes what I keep saying about life going on. I’m sure I probably sound like a broken record saying that so much, but it is necessary. I need the constant and continuous reminder! In spite of all my brave talk about moving on and finding new purpose and boldly blazing new paths, I feel like I’m in limbo most of the time, unsure and uncertain of what I’m doing and what the next step is. That’s ok, though. It’s just where I am right now. For that reason, I keep words of encouragement before me all the time to remind myself there’s more of my life ahead. My journey goes on.
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Sara Faith Nelson
Sharing the journey, because, I find there are so many others making the trek through life without a loved one