Whose Woods?


Today I feel a little pensive like the Milton poem, “Il Penseroso“.  You remember this from high school no doubt?  Well I do and other great poems.  Winter season is creeping in to southern Cal today with a little rain and wind wiping up all the news casters into a frenzy of adjectives.  When California gets a little weather its a big deal.  We get so little real weather that the broadcasters have work it hard.

Its just the gentle drizzle of fall and the promise of things to come we are all hoping for.  Weather is great in Southern Cal.  Now all the talk is about the potential mud slides, reminds me of “Mud Slide Slim and the New Horizon”.  Maybe that’s what got me thinking about Robert Frost and his “Stopping by Woods” thing.

Another incidence that has got me into this somber mood is the return of a good friend from the East Coast following a funeral of a family member.  Young man, 30 something, too tired to be driving.  You know the rest of the story.  He left a young wife and family behind him on that blind turn that he was too tired to pay attention to.  He stopped by woods on snowy evening too.

So today is a good day to be alive and grateful of all the things around us that are exciting and new.  Its also a good day to be pensive if necessary and read a little poetry; so I leave you with this classic by Robert Frost.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

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.

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