The Potpourri for the Pen column in the October 2018 Writer’s Digest challenged readers to remember the words of the famous Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken.” Below is a full version of the poem, with the missing words from Potpourri for the Pen indicated in bold.
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a 1. yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one 2. traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the 3. undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as 4. fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was 5. grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the 6. same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had 7. trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how 8. way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a 9. 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 10. difference.