Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stay Gold

Today is smoke-free day 359, and it's also time for Heads or Tails. This week: HEADS - Flower.

I've posted quite a few pictures of flowers the Past Few Weeks, if that idea of flowers is what will make your day today (I aim to please), but for some reason the first thing that popped into my head was one of my favorite poems, a poem most people have probably heard at some point, especially if you have ever read the book or seen the movie, The Outsiders. If you haven't, please go read or watch right now. Well, I mean after reading this poem and letting it sit next to you for a few minutes.

This is one of those poems that I enjoy so much because while it is so simple at a glance, it is also so thought provoking when you let it keep you company for a bit, and the words are do delicious, especially when reading them aloud (it's OK, read aloud, really, don't be shy, this one is worth it).

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost

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.

Have you read this poem a million times before now or for the first time just this moment? Do you love The Outsiders, either novel or film? How does the poem make you feel, or what does it make you think?


  1. Hi Maggie! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your well wishes!
    Love the flower pics and I do like the poem bc it reminds me of Fall, which I dearly love. I would love a bit of cool than living on the sun here in oHIo.

  2. Oh I loved the outsiders, I read the book wayy before I saw the movie (always had a crush on that C. Thomas Howell). Anyway, yes, you're right about sitting with the poem for a while. I feel like i can read it all day! and every time i do, something different comes to mind! before it changes, here's how it feels to me as of this writing. i read this and I get a little sad because I think of how beautiful life is, but how short and I think about how I want to hold onto life or at least some of its moments sometimes with all my might; kind of like the sunrise and the sunset, or the gold.

    to me, that gold is metaphorical for life. it is fleeting but beautiful, hard to capture because it happens so quickly, and seeing it makes you never want to forget how beautiful it is (it becomes ingrained in you after all). oh the sad part, how it goes away and you're left thinking how much you wish it were longer.

  3. This is my first time reading it.. but the power in the words will stay with me, I'm sure.

    I will look for the book. :)

  4. first time i've read it, haven't see the movie either. i like!!! my interpretation: nothing lasts forever. sooooo, enjoy it while you can!

  5. That pic goes perfectly with the poem. So beautiful and so sad.

  6. first time just this moment.

    Never saw or read The Outsiders

    It makes me feel a bit sad, like life's really short.

  7. Hi..this is my first time here..very nice pic you have here..
    "Then leaf subsides to leaf."

    I liked this line a lot :)

  8. Fantastic. I don't remember ever reading the poem before, but I did read The Outsiders 100 years ago (ok maybe more like 30).

    I love the poem. I printed it out and hung it on my office wall just now.

  9. I've read the Outsiders many moons ago, and yes I know the poem. The poem reminds me that everything has its time. Great flower post! :)

  10. Great poem. But then it's Robert Frost, so of course it's fantastic! :) Thanks so much for sharing because I hadn't read it before. :)

  11. Nice post - I'm not a huge poetry fan, but I do appreciate the occasional verse. The one you posted uses nice, simple language to convey deep emotions - which is a nice change from a lot of poetry. Love the flower pic, too. Happy Tuesday!

  12. I like that poem. Can't say I ever heard it before. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. This is a very powerful poem and it is the first time I have read it! I did read it aloud~and I love it! Thanks for sharing and for visiting The Wildwood Flower

    Happy HoTs!

  14. I haven't read that poem before but I did read it aloud, as you suggested.

    Life can be short but when you are in the midst of a hard time, it seems long. A great poem. Thanks for posting it.

    And thanks for dropping by my journal and leaving a comment.

  15. I haven’t thought of this poem (nor THE OUTSIDERS) for YEARS … but for me … I’m reminded to savor each moment … knowing that this, too, shall pass away. Of course, something new will take it’s place! Just call me Pollyanna ;--)

    I participated at Small Reflections this morning and just returned home from my Photoshop class (and running errands) … so I’m visiting at last.
    Hugs and blessings,

  16. I love that poem. Thanks for stopping by my HoT.

  17. Congratulations on "Smoke Free Day 359"! That is great!

    I have read "The Outsiders" many times and I prefer the book over the movie. Awesome poem.

  18. my first time to read the poem. it seems its telling me that everything changes. you cannot hold on to something forever.

    thanks for the drop at my place.

  19. What a beautiful poem and thanks for coming by.

  20. I *love* that picture. It's so atypical of what you expect of flowers - but it's awesome!

  21. thta's a lovely poem, i've never read it before; i do like Frost's 'two roads diverge...' i've never read the book/seen the movie, so i'll have to put it on my 'to read/see' list!

  22. That was a lovely poem. Hey your flower header fits in well with the theme too :)

    Thanks for stopping by hots

  23. Congrats on *nearly* making it to a year!!!

    Is it odd that I had to memorize that poem in 7th grade and still remember it?

  24. I've never read the poem before but it's certainly thought provoking and the photo is the perfect accompaniment.


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