And miles to go before I sleep

Does the title of this blog ring a bell?  Anyone who has studied English in school will be familiar with the last two lines from Robert Frost’s famous poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’

There are many interpretations to this poem. Some say it has a melancholy ring to it and some say its ominous. To me, this poem speaks of a determination to succeed no matter what and to never give up.  It speaks of people that reach out and touch the stars and realize their dreams. It talks of the achievement of goals even when things get difficult and a “never say die” kind of spirit to press on tirelessly in life.

The poet has beautifully captured the snowy night in the dark, deep woods in winter in just sixteen lines. He is spellbound by the beautiful sight and is almost tempted to stay awhile.  However, duty beckons and he presses on knowing that he has promises to keep and miles to go before he can sleep.

I remember learning this poem in school and I’ve been fascinated with it ever since.  It’s a wakeup call to press on and do all those things that are on my “To-Do” list. While it’s okay to stop and take a break, I must trudge along and do my bit to finish what I’ve started and to keep the promises that I’ve made.

Here’s the beautiful poem. Hope it inspires you as much as it inspires me. Read on…

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’s 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.

Until the next time….


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