Poetry Portfolio

A Road Less Traveled -
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

I used this poem for the first category on a poem written by a poet we learned about. I enjoyed this poem because it is about the road less traveled. It talks about how there are two different paths and neither is clear or certain. I really like the message of this poem.

Summer in a Small Town-
Linda Gregg

When the men leave me,

they leave me in a beautiful place.

It is always late summer.
When I think of them now,
I think of the place.
And being happy alone afterwards.
This time it’s Clinton, New York.
I swim in the public pool
at six when the other people
have gone home.
The sky is grey, the air hot.
I walk back across the mown lawn
loving the smell and the houses
so completely it leaves my heart empty.

This poem was chosen for a poem written by a poet not found in our class. I picked this poem because currently it is almost summer and this poem makes me long for summer to be here already.

The Dogs who've Shared Our Lives-
Linda Barnes

They will not go quietly,

the dogs who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them...
and always will.

I chose this poem based on a topic of my choice. I chose this because I believe dogs are a huge part of someone's life and they will always live on in someone's heart. I thought this picture and the poem present that idea.

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