As it’s Wold Poem Day today, I thought it would be an appropriate day to share the very first poem that infected my life and inspired me in my journey to write from a very young age.
Poetry has always been my forte. I find it allows me to dig deep into my soul and express in an almost cryptic way, the true essence of what I am all about.
Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” earned him the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry award. It is a classic and it also celebrates the turning of seasons, so as we welcome Spring it is an opportune time to celebrate it.
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 was Stevie Wonder’s favourite poet and the poem, “Nature’s First Green is Gold” (written in 1923) led to the creation of Stevie Wonder’s song, Stay Gold. The song is also from the soundtrack of my all time favourite movie, another classic, The Outsiders.
I have always thought it rather magical that my favourite poem, favourite song and favourite movie are so intrinsically connected. Such is the miracle of life, I guess…
Seize upon that moment long ago
One breath away and there you will be
So young and carefree
Again you will see
That place in time…so gold
Steal away into that way back when
You thought that all would last forever
But like the weather
Nothing can ever…and be in time
But can it be
When we can see
And yes you say
So must the day
Too fade away
And leave a ray of sun
Life is but a twinkling of an eye
Yet filled with sorrow and compassion
thought not imagined
All things that happen
Will age too old
In memory of my brother Wayne, who passed way too soon at the age of 21, just when his life had really opened up for him. The poem and the song lyrics were read out at his funeral and the words still bring tears to my eyes to this day…. He will forever, in my mind, Stay Gold.
Author: Alex Myles
Editor: Emma Ruffin