ONE STEP BACKWARD TAKEN. You've surely read (or memorized) "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Have you heard of his 1947 poem, "One Step Backward Taken." Consider it in context of national and global precipices over which we perilously peer.
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.
From The Poetry of Robert Frost edited by Edward Connery Lathem, 1969, Holt, Rinehart and Winston.