One Step Backward Taken

Not only sands and gravels
Were once more on their travels,
But gulping muddy gallons
Great boulders off their balance
Bumped heads together dully
And started down the gully.
Whole capes caked off in slices.
I felt my standpoint shaken
In the universal crisis.
But with one step backward taken
I saved myself from going.
A world torn loose went by me.
Then the rain stopped and the blowing,
And the sun came out to dry me.

by Robert Frost

Comments (2)

This sounds like a step in time, and in the right direction. The poem is surely a metaphor for standing back and not following the crowd. The ‘one step backward taken’ is significant. Discretion may be the better part of valour, but it may look like cowardice to those hell-bent on fashionable disaster.
This is a great poem that can be understood if you open your mind