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The Twisted Path

Updated on September 27, 2013
Woodland Path
Woodland Path

Converging in the woods one day, two creatures meet, perhaps to play. They see two paths they must confront, and one decides to be quite blunt.

"Which path do you choose, oh new woodland friend? The path that leads to twists and bends? Or will you choose the path thats smooth? The one that allows you to freely move?"

"Oh!", says the second creature fair. "I would choose the path right there. The path that's smooth, not twists and winds. I do not like to dodge the vines."

"The stones they trip and hurt my hooves. They bring me into paths of wolves. I do not wish to loose my life, nor have a form of loss or strife."

The first, he ponders this answer straight. It's something to which he can relate, having walked the paths more twisted. The ones that most have much resisted.

Seeing the chance for his soul to soothe, he bids farewel to his old groove. He says goodbye to his new friend as the smoother path he begins to wend.

His friend continues along his way, as always had until this day. Gliding along resistant to change. His life not wishing to re-arrange.

The two meet up come the new moon and in the coolness while nightshade blooms, begin to share their experience there where paths converge in woodland fair.

The first he greets his now old friend. The old friend sighs a signal sends. The first he asks of his friend why this signal he has sent this night.

"Oh, I am bored! He says to the first. "I do not hunger, I do not thirst. I cannot feel joy, cannot feel sorrow. This smoother path it feels so hollow."

The second having gone so smooth can feel the path, missing the old groove. And having heard the comments here, begins to grimace, begins to sneer.

And now says to the new old friend, "Perhaps there is purpose to twists and bends. Without them we become complacent be. Something to be said for walking free."

So the two look upon each other, and giving a nod they shake the tether and join together upon the path more twisted. The path that proves most resisted.

Together they walk and they find joy. Things that bother and annoy. Things that stumble the most stoic of heart. And more and more to each other impart.

Sharing along the way the sorrows. Looking forward to every single tomorrow. Each day a new adventure brings. New life to find, new songs to sing.

Let us all take that path most resisted. There is nothing wrong with a life twisted!

© 2013 Kari Shinal


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    • Tuatha profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Shinal 

      5 years ago from AZ

      Thank you Eddy. I enjoyed writing this one.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful creation.


    • Tuatha profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Shinal 

      5 years ago from AZ

      Most welcome Gypsy! We all walk paths with turns and bends in them.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful imagery. Thanks for the walk on the twisted path. Enjoyed.

    • Tuatha profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Shinal 

      5 years ago from AZ

      Thank you for stopping by CrisSp. I am glad you found the message within the poems twisted lines. Smiles!

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ahh, the twisted path...torn in between! It's a beautiful figure of speech. Creatively done!

      Voting up, interesting and sharing!

    • Tuatha profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Shinal 

      5 years ago from AZ

      Thank You Jhaman! Glad to bring a lovely picture to your mind.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      This had the feeling of Frost, what a wonderful read and with an important message at the end. Jamie

    • Tuatha profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Shinal 

      5 years ago from AZ

      Thank you Ann. First new poem I have written in many months. Good to know I am still in the groove so to speak.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      Lovely imagery. I was lost in the forest here, imagining all those paths! Yes, the twisted path is much more interesting. If we don't take a few risks then life can be very boring. Up, interesting and beautiful. Ann


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