I have heard a number of commentators miss-attribute the lines to The Road Not Taken, a good poem, but not the one that was often quoted by Senator Kennedy in his stump speeches. The lines "I have promises to keep; and miles to go before I sleep" Come not from The Road Not Taken but from Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening.
How fitting that a man with such an ingrained sense of duty to family, country, and humanity should choose these lines to close his speeches. How fitting also that the poem should be brought-up in the middle of the summer. The world is a bit darker and colder without Senator Kennedy in it. My wishes for comfort and solace go out to his family!
Wherever you are today, I wish you peace and happiness!
Don Bergquist - August 29, 2009 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.