A wonderful piece of free verse from you, Stephen. This reminds me very much of Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken'. Wouldn't it be marvellous if - when we came to a crossroads in life - the right path had a glaring, flashing sign telling us the way to go? Unfortunately, we are not given that luxury and can only ever take the road we think best at the time. Retrospect is a an entirely useless luxury that we could all do without: it only teases us with rights and wrongs that we could never have foreseen when it mattered.
No worries, darling, I am the biggest culprit of missing poems from my favorite writers and it's only fair that you skip one of mine here and there ;) This deployment has been inspirational for me, as much as I have hated it. I'm grateful for that, at the least. It has allowed me to produce poems I can be proud of! Look forward to ours being the next.
Stephen, congratulations on your front page write and win! This truly is an amazing piece. I think we all go through these questions and doubts of choices we've made. The fact you are very aware of your present situation and thought process are all positives. You can only move forward and the mere fact that you are writing again speaks volumes that you are doing just that. Well done my friend!