(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

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.

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Beautiful poem.nature green is gold beautiful thought
My daughter passed 7 years ago and this was her favorite, , , , , , she was golden, , , ,
Good Poem .
Such a beautiful write on life's realities and fleeting moments! ! ! Reminds me of a song, " Some good things never last! "
Read this in tandem with Carl Sandburg poem Autumn Movement. The themes are similar, but said in different ways. They both capture the painful feeling of letting go for nothing lasts in the state we first fall in love with. We as humans have to constantly let go and yield to change. Bless you Carl and Robert.
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