Belonging Day 22: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Tonight, I basically want to bring you the words of another.

In only 40 words, the great poet Robert Frost is able to make us think about everything from a sunrise to the Garden of Eden, all within his main premise—nothing gold can stay.

I am currently in Michigan for just a quick couple of days and have the opportunity to visit some of my dear friends I left when I moved 7 weeks ago. The sentiment of this poem captures perfectly the emotions I am feeling but can’t really name.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Robert Frost, 1874-1963


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.

As the leaves turn color, surrendering to the season’s call, we must surrender to the changes in our lives. The most beautiful moments, though we want them to stay, can’t be held onto forever. But new ones will come, the cycle of beauty, all that is gold, will continue.

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