Road’s End

by Rachel Beitsch

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalms 1:6)

Two roads diverged

in the sodden earth,

between the trees,


Before you tread,

delight in the law of the Lord.

Your steps will sink


into the riverbed,

the seed of those who think


And even leaves

that fall dead

will carpet

your muddy steps.

Or skip the lengthy path

and miss the deeps

while digging for fertility,

and you shall be as chaff;

take counsel in the aftermath –

in over your head? –

And snicker at the fallen leaves,

you never fully catch

the trick

of how to laugh.


watch your steps

or be misguided.


whose way are you in?


you can only journey

if you are driven.

Two roads diverged,

and one,

well-judged, is lined

with trees

that tap eternity

in multiple dimensions.

The other,

when the wind

is given no reward,

is paved with no intentions –

is barren and

is left behind.

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1 Comment

Filed under Issue 3, Poetry

One response to “Road’s End

  1. Hye

    wonderfully descriptive

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