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Glory Road, a Poem to Inspire

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

Glory Road

Take the road less travelled,

Select the high or low,

But remember that the one you choose

Determines where life goes.

One road leads to happiness,

Another leads to ruin,

So when you finally reach that fork

Don't make your choice too soon.

You may be gliding smoothly

Along the road of life,

But be prepared for obstacles

That cause distress and strife.

No roadblock can't be overcome,

Just take another track.

Detours often teach us how

To try a different tact.



All roads lead to Rome they say,

So no matter which you take

You'll reach your goal eventually,

The choice is yours to make.

Look at sights along the way,

Don't blindly pass them by.

You may not come this way again

Before the day you die.

One road's a busy highway

That millions use each day,

Another a quiet country lane

Where lovers sometimes stray.

But, no matter which direction,

Or your type of transport mode,

I hope that your eventual path

Is along the Glory Road.

Off the Shelf

This poem is another of my works under my "Off the Shelf" banner and inspired by the titles of books in my home collection. The book I chose as my inspiration this time was Glory Road by Robert A Heinlein.

Glory Road by Robert A Heinlein (1963)

Glory Road by Robert A Heinlein (1963)

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", and without a doubt, one of the greatest writers in that genre of the 20th Century. He wrote a number of (at the time) controversial works which continue to have an influential effect on the science-fiction genre and on modern culture today.

Heinlein is popularly identified, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, as one of the three masters of science fiction in what became referred to as the Golden Age of science fiction.

The term "pay it forward" was popularized by Robert A. Heinlein in his book Between Planets, published in 1951:

The banker reached into the folds of his gown, pulled out a single credit note. "But eat first—a full belly steadies the judgment. Do me the honor of accepting this as our welcome to the newcomer."

His pride said no; his stomach said YES! Don took it and said, "Uh, thanks! That's awfully kind of you. I'll pay it back, first chance."

"Instead, pay it forward to some other brother who needs it."

Heinlein was also a mentor to fellow science fiction great Ray Bradbury and passed this concept of paying it forward onto him.

In his lifetime, Heinlein received four Hugo Awards, for Double Star, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Starship Troopers was even made into a popular movie released in 1997.

Heinlein admitted his writing was influenced by Rudyard Kipling and by the plays of George Bernard Shaw. (source: Wikipedia)

Apart from Glory Road, other Robert Heinlein books in my collection include Stranger in a Strange Land, Time Enough for Love, Podkayne of Mars, and Job. Though, Glory Road is the first of Heinlein's novels I was fortunate to read and still my favourite.

© 2018 John Hansen

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