NaPoWriMo Day Day 24: The Road Not Taken

The fine folks at napowrimo.net have invited us to write a satire or parody based on another piece of poetry.  I debated between The Road Not Taken by Robert frost, or Invictus by William Ernest Henley.  The former, although a good poem, has become cliché through overuse.  The latter is such a horrid bit of arrogance that I’m not sure why it is still remembered.  Cliché and arrogance are both reason enough for parody.  I chose to use the former poem.

If I had written The Road Not Taken, it might have looked a bit different from Robert Frost’s version.  First mine, and then the original:

The Road Not Taken

BY Bryan Ens

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And feeling lazy as I often do
I waited for as long as I could
Til before me a fellow traveller stood
And asked “which road has miles most few?”
Then took the shorter, it was less far
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was paved as good roads are;
And soon flagged down a passing car
For getting home, it was my aim,
I thought, perhaps I’ll come some day
And hike out on that other track
For now, though, I was on my way!
And honestly, I have to say
I doubt I’ll ever go back
And now I’m napping with a sigh
In my hammock hanging near the fence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the easiest one, I cannot lie,
The longer road was too intense

The Road Not Taken

BY Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, 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 traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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