Thoughts on Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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.

- Robert Frost


I am often reminded of this poem because I go back with this poem like I don't with many. I have probably known this since I was a teenager.

This poem reminds me of Shri Krishna, and his message of righteous action. Krishna reminds in Chapter 2 of the Bhagwad Gita us that doing good work is our duty; not anticipating the fruits of our labor. It might be easier and more comfortable to do the alternative, but the path of righteousness must be actively chosen.

It also reminds me of Guru Gobind Singh's Deh Shiva ... where is asks for a boon from God for shubh karman, or good deeds.

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