Miles to Go

Literary Tattoos: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Robert Frost Hope is the Thing With Feathers Emily Dickinson

This belongs to Lynae M.

The words are in my mom’s handwriting. I’d always wanted a tattoo consisting of a favorite quotation or phrase, and this fantastic poem kept coming back to me while I was searching for the right one.

Literary Tattoos: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Robert Frost Hope is the Thing With Feathers Emily Dickinson

This belongs to El Tejon.

I am aware of the many different interpretations of this classic poem by Robert Frost. However, for me, the most resonant interpretation is the most straightforward and is the one that reminds me to be on guard to keep those things that are important in my life foremost in my thoughts. It is a reminder that although there are many temptations out there, my promises to my kids, my coworkers, myself, and others that depend on me, must come before transient distractions that don’t measurably move the ball forward, as they say. That is not to say I can’t have fun; everything in moderation, including moderation, I have heard and co-opted before, but for one that gets distracted and off track easily, this mantra, permanent and visible, always get me focused and back on track . The trees were designed by the artist in consultation with me. It is my first pictorial tattoo but will likely not be my last.

Literary Tattoos: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Robert Frost Hope is the Thing With Feathers Emily Dickinson

This is Emy’s tattoo.  The feather is from Emily Dickinson’s Hope is the Thing With Feathers.

My life has completely changed in the past year and I have been through a lot of really difficult situations. For me, this tattoo was sort of a way to close that chapter of my life and celebrate overcoming every obstacle. I also got it so that I would never forget the things that I went through and to serve as a reminder that I still have a long way to go before I am completely healed from it all.

Literary Tattoos: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Robert Frost Hope is the Thing With Feathers Emily Dickinson

This is Rachel Hunt’s.

I got this tattoo in honor of my Mom and Grandmother. It’s my Grandma’s favorite poem that she would often read to me as a young child. She always would stress the last lines and say, “What do you think they mean? They say to me that even though death seems far away, the traveler is very tired.” And that always stuck with me. The compass is paired with the quote on my foot to always send me in the right direction, because if you have a compass you know where you are off to. I have many miles to travel before I’m threw. It was inked by Dylan Young at Black Metal Tattoos, Strongsville OH.

Literary Tattoos: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Robert Frost Hope is the Thing With Feathers Emily Dickinson

This belongs to Lisa.

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.

- Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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