A brief exercise inspired by Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day.


When it comes to forks in the road:
Does one path splinter, or do two join?

(Is this the kinesthete's equivalent
Of the glass half empty or full?)

Does it depend on perspective,
On the direction traveled

By each individual observer?
Language is little help here;

We say the roads "diverge," separate,
And yet call such spots "junctures," a joining.

So, then, what about you and I?
Can our parting also be considered a joining?

Doesn't splitting apart direct us closer
To our families, the world, ourselves?

Was the decision to fracture, not, in its way,
A sort of final coming together?

(If nothing else, I guess this makes it clear
How I'd prefer to view the glass.)

Words by Lady Courtaire
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Written on 2020-09-21 at 20:34

Tags Wordoftheday  Juncture  Breakups 

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I love the concept here. It's almost an existential question as to the unidirectional nature of time. I love the idea that a parting could be a joining depending on perspective. It makes me think of Slaughterhouse Five and the aliens that can see the 4th dimension and can see a being's whole existence from birth to death all at once and can understand their whole being. It's so facinating to me to think that an outside perspective view our lives so differently if you view them in reverse or as a whole instead.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
I suppose it depends on where you stand. Frost saw a divergence. Had he turned around he would have seen a juncture.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Two walking down a long the joined two roads
The roads may be long maybe short
Walk till the roads reach the fork
One takes one fork the other road carry's on
May be later their roads may meet up again
Nither yet can say
Ken D