on Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
They love it, my students—memorize the words,
but miss the point about that less-traveled road,
claim Frost a hero for endorsing the holy my way,
though he called this poem “a tricky one, very
tricky,” less about not following the crowd, or
even which path, and more about just making
up your mind. If he could, the poet would nod
to Yogi Berra: If you come to a fork in the road,
take it. In the end, there will always be those
two paths: the one you choose, and the other one.
Pick one—one that loves you back, and if you
still seek some Yankee wisdom, try that other poem,
the one about not standing and waiting too long,
about miles and miles to go, about promises to keep.
FATHER LARRY JANOWSKI, O.F.M., a Franciscan friar for 49 years and writer
since he was 8, has written several books, including BrotherKeeper.
“Just Take It” was published in VISION Vocation Guide in 2010 and
received a first place honor for original poetry by the Catholic Press
Association. Janowski sees a clear connection between the vocation of
a writer and that of a preacher committed to Christ, the Word made
flesh. The two vocations sustain each other because both the preacher
and the poet tell the stories of people confronting the hard moments
of life as well as the exultant, unpredictable experiences of grace.
He comes, slow like the sun; he comes nudging the darkness from the sky with a quiet stillness and red majesty.
He comes, mighty as hills; he comes greening the world
with his life through a pow’r that enfolds us in peace that
He comes, behind ev’ry face; he comes reaching through
dappled, routine days to touch our love and spring it free
SISTER COLLEEN WINSTON, O.S.B., a member of St. Walburg Monastery since
1959, is principal musician and coordinator of eucharistic liturgies. She
has been an educator, a columnist, photographer, communication
consultant, mentor, media producer, study guide author, musician,
composer, and presenter of workshops and retreats. “He Comes” was
published in 1973 in Folkhymns for Worship, an out-of-print hymnal and
is used here with permission from North American Liturgy Resources.
Trees dancing in fluorescent sunshine
in radiant façade.
Standing firm in grounded being
in stories found
in yesterday’s meanderings
of ventures unbeknown
Creatures great and small
bowing adoration to Creator
living life in core of each creation
creatively being shaped into beings celebrative
of Creator’s all embracive expansiveness.
Stories flow creatively
from firm grounded rootedness
sharing life’s adventures
in sparkling clear waters of refreshment.
Catching sparks of nuances
for creative re-creations
slicing delicious fruits
of tangy serendipity.
SISTER MARLOU RICKE, F.S.P.A. was a teacher for 20
years in Catholic schools. She has also ministered in
creative art therapy and spiritual direction. Her book
Dance, Words, Dance!: A Celebration of Expressive
Therapy in Story and Poetry Form, in which “Dancing
Rootedness” appears, was published in 2007.