Beckett: Poetry – No. 1893, The Path Less Traveled By

This limerick is inspired by Matthew 7:13-14 and is a Christianised version of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”


Two paths diverge toward disparate gates,
and only one of them travels straight.
     Which one has the better sight?
     Scour one path to find it wide,
the other narrow with thickets in dire straits.

Perhaps, then, take the wider path
because when you do the math,
     many choose its more trendy wear.
     Surely, traveling through there
will not lead to God’s fiery wrath.

I speak of this with holy deference
lest Hell become your eternal experience:
     Two paths are diverged, and I, —
     I take the path less traveled by,
for Christ brought me to repentance.

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