(crowded street noise) I like living on my own, independent. It’s a new place with a lot of new people. Independence is like a promise I owe to myself. (beeping noise) The first time I remember having (reading) “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” read to me…” I was very young and I remember loving the picture of the owl and the man. It was a picture book that my dad read out loud. I grew up in LA and I have a younger sister (reading) We both went to an elementary school that was on the UCLA campus. The school had a redwood forest and the poem was about a forest. It has a lot of happy memories of when I was little. At my sixth grade graduation I read aloud with the last stanza of Robert Frost’s poem. I felt it represented the passage of time and growing up. and and the journey of life. A lot has changed since my sixth grade graduation. When I was sixteen, I got encephalitis a really unusual disease and no one knew how I got it or of I would ever recover and I didn’t recover. That was five years ago and last year I was given a Chancellor’s Scholarship at Berkeley. (laughter) “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Whose woods these are I think I know. / His house is in the village though; / He will not see me stopping here / To watch his woods fill up with snow. / My little horse must think it queer / To stop without a farmhouse near / Between the woods and frozen lake / The darkest evening of the year. / He gives his harness bells a shake / To ask if there is some mistake. / The only other sound’s the sweep / Of easy wind and downy flake. / The woods are lovely, dark and deep, / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before I sleep. / My favorite line is the last one “I have miles to go before I sleep”. Experience has taught me to become a lot wiser. I’m no longer the naive sixth grader I once was. But I really believe that there are new beginnings in life and I am willing to turn to a new beginning in my life. I feel the poem represents that. “The Favorite Poem Project” is made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts fostering America’s creativity and investing in our living cultural
heritage. Additional funding has been provided by
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.