Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. Michael Thorton

    Michael Thorton said, about 3 years ago

    @Zen Pencils
    Gavin-sama, ignore the under-literate ungezeiferen who pass such comments on your work. You and I ought to collaborate, Gavin-sama, given that we both seek to bring wise words to the public. My anger stems from those who do not wish to be taught. For more on that, look up the Panchatantra fable of the sparrow and the monkeys.

  2. Josh  Lyons

    Josh Lyons said, about 3 years ago

    I don’t find this to be at all creepy. He lived a good and faithful life, worked good, travel the world and everything. Had a family, lived to see his son have one also. Now that he has grown old gracefully, he now sits and reminiscence about the achievements he did. That is, until it’s time for the good lord to call him to join his wife at home in heaven.

  3. agoldenlife

    agoldenlife said, about 3 years ago

    I think that is his point. Many quote this thinking it is describing a “life defining” moment, supposing in their mind that the end result will be vastly different. Robert Frost is simply stating the beginning of two different journeys not their ends. Gavin brings out a that both roads, although very different from one another, can lead to similar ends. This could or could not have been Robert Frosts intent with the poem. Most suppose that what is meant is an entirely different end life experience, but by doing so you are putting your own end to the poem. He simply states that he took the road less traveled. That will mean different things to different people. So the emphasis is on the different journey here and not the end of his life as ultimately in truth we all experience death alone.

  4. Chrystos

    Chrystos GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Bravo. How nice to wake up to contemplations of life’s deeper aspects. Gives me roots for the day…. “The unreflected life is not worth living…” Now I can do my Yoga and more expeditiously release my past decisions, and be here now, parallel universes and all. Thanks again.

  5. Darwinskeeper

    Darwinskeeper said, about 3 years ago

    Up until now I have only known the last part of the poem

    “…I took the one last traveled by
    and that has made all the difference.”

    And assumed that this choice was life defining and that in the author’s mind, the choice he made was the better of the two. Now having read the entire poem, I can’t say that Gavin’s painting both paths as equally good is wrong. Fascinating…

  6. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    It is not creepy or disturbed.
    Just the Zen principal of life.
    All paths travel to the same point.
    The journey is to be come enlightened by the end of the journey.
    Death is at the end of every journey.
    Become enlightened and your journey will be worth it.

  7. MeGoNow

    MeGoNow said, about 3 years ago

    The Middle Way does not mean that when the road diverges, the traveler goes straight ahead, crashing through the brush. It means that every way can be the Middle Way. It’s all in how you walk it. One step at a time, concerned with each step, not the destination. Walked that way, all ways are “the road less traveled.”

  8. tobe1

    tobe1 said, about 3 years ago

    For myself, it is yet another reminder that life is not about the destination, but the journey.

  9. Charles

    Charles said, about 3 years ago

    Well, not everyone gets Robert Frost, I guess… or Zen Pencils either. A nice take on this poem Mr. Than.

  10. Charles

    Charles said, about 3 years ago


    Very True.

  11. TerrBear319

    TerrBear319 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I have appreciated today’s Zen Pencils even more because of the thoughtful comments posted. Thank you, commentators, for giving me new ways to look at this poem. I had always assumed the road less traveled to be the “right” choice, and the more traveled road was the “wrong” choice.

  12. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Just because the pictures end with him sitting by himself means he’s alone. In both instances he could be looking into a camera. Gavin’s take as I understand it is whatever path you take, if you’re basically happy with it, you’ve taken the road less traveled. If you’re unhappy, you’re probably not on the correct road.

  13. Tigerchik32

    Tigerchik32 said, about 3 years ago


    Very well put.

  14. tmmillie

    tmmillie said, about 3 years ago

    This poem is one of my favourites. It has inspired different paths of thought (and journeys) at different times of my life. Well done, Gavin Aung Than, and thank you.

  15. Stephen Thoemmes

    Stephen Thoemmes said, about 3 years ago


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