Taken with Roads to Follow (copyrighted 2014)

Two thousand roads diverge into a moonlit hollow

Through moonless trees, circling back, encircling forth, coiling south, recoiling north.

I know somewhere they converge into some beckoning path, a path made to last

By which, hallowed with some destined urge, I am to follow.


Though wise enough to know my time for passage has come,

My shoes are new soles; my soles are not yet accustomed

To roads that bring sores of wear, that bear hard rubble

And bring increasing need of repair when stumbling over hard trouble.


Two thousand roads I do not know, with which I’m taken, are beckoning “follow”

Follow, though sight of my roadmaps may be ill lit, the maps with which to map an apt path

“Trust and trample the dust, forget concern”, despite the slithering mist in the night

In darkness of the moonlit hollow where roads turn, tongue-forked to whisper “follow”.


Though untried enough to be too trusting,

Of some paths, my shoes stray away from dusting, and do not follow

Into eerie shadows of the moonlit hollow

My soles find no delight in traveling dark roads by secret of the night.


Among two thousand roads, one thousand are serpentine.

In slithering mist, teem the hiding vipers in camouflage, hissing for sabotage

Meaning nothing but to lead prey astray into fangs and pangs of a wrong way

Where, for grave traveling mistakes, the venom surely makes youth pay.


Wait ‘till lighted day comes to map the way, the one path through the hollow.

Do not be too trusting when dark roads serpentine are beckoning “follow”.

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Asha Gowan

I am an aspiring poet, novelist, musician, visual artist, and a die hard jazz enthusiast (partial to writing). I did not have a choice in the matter as both of my parents are creative to the core. Van Gogh beautifully painted the artist's portrait with his words: "The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others." I've made that ideal the primary catalyst for my work. Born as one of nature's esthetes, beauty is the goal of every song, every poem, every piece of art. Beauty that will touch the hearts and minds of others. I try to design my art to be healing and empathetic. I study and find intriguing people of all kinds, which informs a lot of my insights. I've drawn inspiration on the art of positivity, of spiritual uplifting from writers like Throeau, John Muir, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), the psalmist David, etc. Seeking a unique verve in my style, I make thorough investigations of all sorts of art and challenge myself to the hilt for the growth of my ingenuity. I am eager to share my musings with everyone here and wish to disseminate them. Thank you!