At The Time Of Choosing

from by Steven C. Davis



I came to a wood,
Wherein two paths stood.
The sun was hot upon the leaves
And my senses were deceived.

One path lay upon a road,
With many companions to share my load.
T’other lay in the darking deep,
Where not even the shadows sleep.

I would like to say,
That I chose the broad way.
I would like to believe
That I have not been deceived.

I chose the darker route,
Whose branches overhung with fruit.
Past nettles and ivy and holly,
I wondered was this folly.

I vowed to make my own path
Through thicket and hedge and past
The obstacles that lay before me:
The sprawling roots of evergreen trees.

The woods turned into a jungle,
And I found myself humbled.
The solitary path I had chosen
Was only one of many ways in.

Beyond the woods I found,
The riches of a life unbound.
In the jungle I found wonders
And much on which to sit and ponder.

Before the woods my life had been,
About how much I could dream.
About how much I could achieve
When I only had time I could thieve.

I chose the road that lay in the darking
And left with many a sad parting.
My life’s journey already begun
I set my face to the rising sun.

The ground was soft underneath,
A carpet of leaves bequeathed
To cushion my fall;
To help me stand tall.

The wind blew down from the hills,
As I sat and gazed into the rill.
The sun was warm upon my face;
I knew I had found my own race.

But still I tarried longer
While the leaves fell through September
For I missed the light’ning load
Of my companions from the road.


from Sorrow Works: A Collection, released August 3, 2014



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Steven C. Davis

Steven C. Davis is the author of Cornix Sinistra and Armageddon Angel, a pair of apocalyptic science fiction novels set in a series of alternate Readings.
He is the co-author of The Heart's Cog Imperative, a dark and twisted Steampunk adventure tale.

He is also a poet and the presenter of the GASP radio show.
He lives in Berkshire and makes a damn fine chocolate cake
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