Scotland’s choice in poetic form
The Road Not Taken - By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, 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 travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Voted America’s favourite poem in a poll in 1998, this poem speaks about the need for self-reliance and self-confidence when making difficult choices and points out that no one can know the outcome of their choice until they have lived it.
In the poem the two roads were “really about the same”. Frost looked closely at both roads and then chose the one that seemed grassier and less worn.
The Independence debate in Scotland puts us in the same position as Frost. The more we explore and debate the options, the less certain we can be about which one will be better. It’s up to each of us to make the choice and then live it.
A Yes vote is the road “less travelled by” and as Frost points out, having chosen a route, “way leads on to way” making it difficult to ever go back.
Self-reliance is a known characteristic of Scottish people.
All we need is the confidence to make the right choice. Voters in the referendum should grasp the opportunity and vote Yes.
Let’s take the road less travelled, so that in years to come we can look back and say, “that has made all the difference” – in a positive, not negative, way.
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A letter from an auld acquaintance
With reference to councillor Oattes’ letter of 20th august 2014.
On behalf of The Auld Acquaintance, I would like to thank him for the free publicity.
I think it is only right to point out that the Auld Acquaintance Coffee Shop is owned by my wife Linda, and not me, we would not want those lovely people at the HMRC to become overly excited, but Linda says thank you.
To a councillor a committee is a thing of beauty and a joy for ever, to me it is a cul-de-sac, down which you lure ideas in order to strangle them.
I have the greatest admiration for people who volunteer, The Scouts, the BB, Girl Guides, Youth Football, we have all been there at certain times in our lives, and I am sure the people on the pool committee are as frustrated as the rest of us.
The problems are not their fault, it is the council’s fault.
We have an elected paid council, with the backing of an army of highly paid professionals, in every discipline imaginable.
We have an elected community council, who are more than capable of communicating the needs of the Girvan people to the council, the pool committee only exists because the council have negated their responsibilities, but still keep absolute control.
When the old Girvan Town Council built our pool they did not farm it out to a committee, they took the decision, commissioned the build, and paid for it, they exercised their responsibility as the elected council.
Last week I suggested that our three councillors put forward an argument for an extra £1 million now, and let us start the pool build.
Councilor Oattes’ response was that I should “go and get involved in a committee”, I am sure the councillor is involved in many committees.
The councillor needs to understand the difference between involvement and commitment, it is a bit like bacon and eggs, a hen is involved, but the pig is fully committed, so what is it to be councillor? Commit to try and get us the extra million now, or just stay involved in your committees.
The Girvan Garden Safari on Sunday was bathed in sunshine and many thanks are owed to the seven lots of gardeners who agreed to open their gardens to the public. Seven beautiful gardens were on show (photos to follow). The flowers were admired; the teas, drinks, produce and competitions enjoyed and everybody had a very good time!
The fellowship committee of the South Church would like to thank all who attended and took part and who made this such a happy occasion. There are worse places to live in than Girvan!