Stay Gold Ponyboy (and grab the bull by the horns)

ponyboy“Natures first green is gold, Her hardest hue to old. 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 today, Nothing gold can stay.” ~ Robert Frost

I memorized this poem the first time I ever heard it … I was probably 12 or 13 but I don’t think I understood the reference to youth. Nor did I comprehend the ultimate implication that lies in understanding that youth – like nature’s gold and like Eden – eventually, albeit slowly, slips away. Still, I find it lovely and if anything, inspiring. Because although youth in itself may slowly evaporate, her memories and lessons will linger and it’s up to you to heed what you will. In other words, don’t wait until it’s too late to open your eyes … even the smallest of revelations can be big.

Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold.

Today’s post totally and completely inspired by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.

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  2. Paulina Angela says:

    I also memorized the poem in junior high. Stay gold flavoured word! (that’s how you spell flavour in Canada, just saying). :)

    1. SHAUNA says:

      I like your spelling better. Of course I LOVE the French influence :))

  3. Staci Troilo says:

    I loved the book, loved the movie, and loved the poem. I, too, memorized it when I read it, and like you, it means even more to me today (now that I’ve got a few years under my belt). Great association of “revelation” with Frost’s (and Hinton’s) work.

    1. SHAUNA says:

      I cried like a baby when I first saw the movie. Sort of like the young girls who cried when they saw Elvis or The Beatles. I always thought that I as weird but now get the similarity. If that makes sense. And yes, it’s a revelation — of sorts — when you realize how green youth is … let alone everyday. :))

      1. Staci Troilo says:

        I cried, too. And I’m not ashamed to say it. I’d probably cry today, too, if I saw it again. (And, you know, Patrick Swayze’s gone, so… yeah, I’d definitely cry.)

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