The Aisle Not Taken

Two aisles diverged in a grocery store,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one shopper, long I stood
And looked down Aisle 1 as far as I could
To cookies, chocolates, candies and more;

Then took the other, as just as good,
And perhaps the better for my health
With low-calorie foods on the shelf
And no sugar laden goodies anywhere,
So I'll look better in underwear,

And yet both aisles that morning lay
In front of me and my cart.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Knowing I would be tempted back
To all those sweet things, stack after stack.

I shall be telling this with a (heavy) sigh
Somewhere pounds and pounds hence:
Two aisles diverged in a store, and I—
I *once* took the one better for my thigh,
Not that it ultimately made any difference.

by Karen Poppy

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Karen Poppy is an attorney licensed in California and Texas. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her family and is an avid equestrian. She also just completed her first marathon event: writing a novel. Follow her online at karenpoppy.wordpress.com and facebook.com/kgpoppy