Nothing Gold Can Stay — Picture as Poem

When I was in sixth or seventh grade, I read the book The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. (I was an avid reader, and this made it much easier when we were required to read the book in a later grade.) Although I really enjoyed the book, the main thing I took from it was the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost. It really touched me. I remember watching the movie years later, and I had the same feeling when Ponyboy (played by C. Thomas Howell) recited it as they watched the sun rise over the horizon. Another memory I have featuring this poem occurred around the same time…. I stayed with my mother occasionally when she worked night shift at a hotel, and she would let me go open the doors to the outside at dawn. I would ride the elevator up to the top floor, open the door on that floor, and watch the sunrise while I thought about (and sometimes recited) that poem. Then, I would race down the stairs to open the rest of the doors. Obviously, a beautiful image of a sunrise would not go amiss in illustrating such a poem, but I wanted to offer something a bit different. Below is my interpretation. If you’ve never read the poem before, I hope you enjoy!

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.

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