Nothing Gold Can Stay

6 06 2009

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

– Robert Frost

I watched the movie “The Outsiders” in my teens. It was a favourite of my sister, partly because of the cast of  Teenage heartthrobs, and also because it featured this beautiful poem by the American poet, Robert Frost. To me, the poem described the freshness and hope that is born out of the golden hues of dawn, be it the dawn of a new day, or be it the begining of all things new, and how this descends to tiredness as the day passes, as things become less fresh … life passes us by in a very similar way.




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