Robert Frost: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Autumn ATC: Brilliant Colors

When I think about Autumn, Robert Frost’s classic poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay, always comes to mind. I first discovered this poetic gem as a young girl when Ponyboy recited the poem to Johnny during a particularly poignant scene from S.E. Hinton’s award-winning novel, The Outsiders:


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.

This poem has always resonated with me because it reminds me that life is transitory. It reminds me to delight in the joys that each moment brings because they are fleeting. It reminds me to appreciate what’s around me, to not take anything for granted, because nothing in this world lasts. The changes that Autumn brings reminds me of these things too, which is why I think of Frost’s poem during this season.

Now, these don’t sound like things to celebrate – after all, “Eden sank down to grief” from the weight of these revelations. But, I also find comfort in this poem because in it, I find a glimmer of hope. I see the promise of new green, and new gold, with the dawning of each new day. Life is cyclical. We don’t have to fear the changes that Autumn brings or drown in the depths of Winter when we remember that Spring is on the horizon.

I hope today’s videos have enhanced your enjoyment of this poem (newsletter subscribers, please visit Create With Joy to enjoy the videos!)

For more information about this poem, please read Dan Gioia’s wonderful essay, On Robert Frost’s Nothing Gold Can Stay.

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16 Responses to “Robert Frost: Nothing Gold Can Stay”

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  1. PiggysPen says:

    Very nice! I love ATCs!

  2. QueenB says:

    Thanks for joining in Mailbox Monday! I'm an email subscriber.

  3. Michelle says:


    Thanks for linking up with Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle 🙂

  4. Jan says:

    beautiful card!

  5. The White Whimsies says:

    Stopping by from Tuesday's Blog Hop. I am your newest follower.

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  7. Born 2 Be Mom says:

    What a beautiful poem 🙂 I am stopping in (and following!) from FMBT. Would love for you to come by and say hello sometime. Have a wonderful week 🙂

    Born 2 Be Mom

  8. Annmaree says:

    awesome fall ATC!!! The details on the leaves are great!

  9. Mama Hen says:

    I have to say that this is really neat! Not only do we love Robert Frosts poem, but we also think of the Outsiders when we think of the poem. Really neat! You are right, great minds think alike. I really look forward to following your blog! It is great to know someone who has the same taste in poems and movies! 🙂 Nice to meet you!

    Mama Hen

  10. Katie's Nesting Spot says:

    Thanks for sharing your ATC at A Crafty Soiree! Yours is very pretty; it's amazing how something so little can be inspired by such an amazing and meaningful sentiment. I've always liked that Frost poem too.

  11. Mrs. White says:

    You blog is lovely and inspiring! I love that movie, "The Outsiders." I haven't watched it in years.

    I am a new follower, from FF. I hope you will visit and follow me back.

    Have a wonderful day!

  12. FrugalMom says:

    You really just did enhance my understanding and connection to this poem! Lovely!

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  13. rarejule says:

    What a lovely poem… thanks for sharing!

  14. Cindy says:

    Beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing!
    Hugs, Cindy

  15. Chari at Happy To Design says:

    Hi Ramona…

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely poem with us for the Sunday Favorites party! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about what this poem means to you!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  16. Miss Adri says:

    Thank you for sharing this post with me! I absolutely love this poem too! 🙂


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