Two Roads Diverged Re-imagined

In honor of the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina community commitment to Growth and Change, Rev. John Cobb applied his creative skills to re-imagining Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken to reflect the needs of the children we serve.


Two Roads Diverged Re-imaginedForest path in fall

The brain of teen is a dangerous thing,

In dire need of someone to take it under their wing.

It screams for independence, offering max resistance,

Not worried about results or consequences.

This brain grows from what it experiences.

So when this teen brain is at a fork in the road,

Because of the rapid growth of the frontal lobe,

Emotions are on overload, they just can’t decide which way to go.

They won’t go this way just because you tell them so.

What they need is someone who will teach,

Not soapbox, power struggle or preach.

They want to know that you care, not caring what you know,

It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been down that same road.

So when it comes their time to decide where the roads part,

Lovingly share what is in your heart and allow them to make their start;

Provide a space that is safe and go out of your way

To make sure that you have given them the chance

To choose the path that makes all the difference.


Rev. John Cobb is the Continuous Quality Improvement Risk Manager and Sanctuary Coordinator for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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