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.
Nothing Gold Can Stay ~ Robert Frost ~ 1923
There is a part of each of us that we are born with, the part that connects us to joy, light, hope and beauty, and we never really lose it. It is the whole and unbroken part that is at the core of each of us. It’s the part, more accessible for most of us when we’re young, which gives us a sense of wonder about life. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems harder and harder to tap into that part as we get older. But it is there, always, deep inside. We feel it when we see a brilliant sunset, or are captivated by a child laughing in delight while chasing soap bubbles. We feel that little tug, that little sense of wonder and appreciation.
The first time I heard Frost’s poem was while watching the 1983 film, The Outsiders. The film connected with me in many ways when I saw it as a teenager, and its messages about friendship, loyalty, and holding the beauty of life close to your heart, are timeless. Johnny’s last words to Ponyboy, “Stay Gold”, hold a valuable lesson:
“I asked the nurse to give you this book, so you could finish it. It was worth saving those kids because their lives are worth more than mine. They have more to live for. I’ve been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it. He meant you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you’re a kid everything’s new. Dawn. The way you dig sunsets, that’s gold. Keep it that way. It’s a good way to be. There’s still lots of good in the world.”
Don’t lose your sense of wonder. Stay gold.
The Outsiders is a 1983 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.