A/N: BTW it may sound as if I'm saying if you're not good at the more traditional academics then you'll fail at life but I'm just saying if you don't try with anything. BTW this is my second poem but it's the first one I'm ever going to upload to please tell me if it's good.

The Road Not Taken

I could have played with the other kids

shared all my toys

I could have given them my pencil

I could have put down my phone

or my laptop or my tablet

I could have tried

to take the road not taken

I could have listened in class

and learnt my times tables

I could have read a few more books

I could have used punctuation

and learnt my spellings

I could have tried

to take the road not taken

I could have done my homework at home

and my class work in class

I could have paid attention as teachers blabbered on

I could have done my assessments

and studied for tests

I could have tried

To take the road not taken

I could have showed up for extra classes

or gone to a tutor

I could have done more work

I could have partied less

and watched less TV

I could have tried

to take the road not taken

I could have woken up on time

and showed up for my lectures

I could have set an alarm

I could have done more research

and taken my education into my own hands

I could have tried

to take the road not taken

I could have gotten a job

as a lawyer or a doctor

I could have been great

I could have been a banker

and earned lots of money

I could have tried

To take the road not taken

I could have met a man

funny, kind and smart

I could have gotten married

I could have had a family

warm and safe and nice

I could have tried

to take the road not taken

I could have had a home

or a house or a flat

I could have had a place to call my own

I could have had a room mate

even if I hated them

I could have tried

To take the road not taken

But I didn't play with the other kids

I didn't share my toys

I didn't give them my pencil

and I didn't put down my phone. Or my laptop. Or my tablet

I didn't try

I didn't listen in class

or learn my times tables

I didn't read more books

nor did I use punctuation

or learn my spellings

or try.

I didn't do my homework at home

or my class work in class

I didn't pay attention as the teacher blabbered on

I didn't do assessments

or study for tests

I didn't try

I didn't take extra classes

or seek out a tutor

I didn't even ask a friend for help

I didn't party less

I didn't watch less TV

I didn't try

I didn't wake up on time

or show up for my lectures

and I didn't even bother with an alarm

I didn't do my research

I let teachers spoon feed me the answers

I know for sure I didn't try

I didn't get a job as a doctor or a lawyer

I wasn't great

I didn't become a banker

and I didn't earn lots of money

I didn't even try

I didn't meet a man

who was funny, kind and smart

I didn't get married

I didn't have a family

warm and safe and nice

and I don't deserve one

I don't have a home

or a house or a flat

I don't have a place to call my own

I don't have a room mate I can hate on

or a land lord I can pay

and I didn't even try

I didn't have a life

and I didn't have love

I didn't have a friend

and I didn't have family

I didn't have brains

and I didn't have brawns

I had not natural talents

or a passion for something artsy

There was no plan B

or divine intervention

It's just me on the road

thinking about if I had tried

To take the road not taken