Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day Fifteen: "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

We had a meeting today, and I noticed that the Junior high students had made images of their interpretations of Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay." It brought back a lot of memories of my experiences with the poem.  I don't really remember what class I had to memorize it for, but I still remember every line by heart.

Every time I read it, it always reminds me of The Outsiders, of course, Ponyboy and Johnny and the disasters that happened during the course of the novel, as well as, the Frances Ford Coppola movie that every girl in the 80s fawned over. You know the one with Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillion, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise.  Loved this movie. Stevie Wonder also co-wrote and performed the song "Stay Gold" in the credits. I still get chills when I hear that song.

The thing about that poem is that it is so very simple, but so very powerful.  Over the years, when I have lost someone, I always find comfort in this poem. They like a beautiful sunrise or beautiful sunset was meant to bring us pleasure, beauty, and joy to my life, but not meant to stay.  I appreciate them for the time they were here, for the beauty and joy they brought to my life. Each a wonderful thread in the tapestry that is my life, because I would not have become the person I am without that piece.  I love them then, I love them now, and I will love them always...

Until next time, "“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you - and enjoy life” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive

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