Stay Gold!!

Nothing Gold Can Stay

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 first encountered this poem when I was 18 or 19. I did not study it in my English class, but in a Psychology class. I did not understand it much, but I did remember being able to compare it to this song, because the sentiment seemed similar to me. (I was having a 70’s music moment)

Last month, I read The Outsiders and became acquainted with the poem  all over again, and oh what a joy to see it. To take a moment to experience it again.

It was also great to have finally read The Outsiders. It’s a great book, a little disturbing, but you realize that no matter how different your life is from someone else’s, there are some things that as humans we simply cannot do without.   I had never read it or seen the movie.  From reading Fangirl, I knew one line in the book – “Stay gold Ponyboy”. So in finally reading the book and the poem, and listening to the song in all of their contexts, I have a question for you –

Knowing that all of life decays – should we be striving to stay gold? or should we be putting more effort into enjoying the gold of life while we have it?

The Quiet World

The Quiet World
by Jeffrey McDaniel

In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.

Late at night, I call my long distance   lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.