I Am Baker

nothing gold can stay

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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.

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Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.

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Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,

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So dawn goes down to day.

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Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost

I have loved this poem since the moment I first heard it; which ironically was in the book The Outsiders.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of it as I gazed upon golden leaves falling to a diamond frost covered ground.  Its a good thing I live in Minnesota, as the changing of the seasons is often a soul event for me!


  1. says

    I love this! I actually have “stay gold” tattooed on my wrist from the book as a reminder of my dad who used to say it to me all the time as a kid. Such a beautiful poem!

  2. says

    Your photos are so incredibly gorgeous! I love how you paired them with this poem. I first read it in The Outsiders, too. I was in middle school and we all had to memorize and recite it to our teacher and I was so nervous, haha. It doesn’t ever snow here, so I really love these pictures!

  3. says

    I think most people first heard that poem after reading The Outsiders. It’s a classic! I’m a CA gal, but lived in Minneapolis proper for 15 years. While I do not miss that cold, you just can’t beat the scenery. Absolutely gorgeous photos!

    • says

      I had no idea so many people read the Outsiders. I love that!! And yeah, I can’t help but agree that MN is pretty darn beautiful. COME BACK!! ;)

  4. Michelle says

    You put a smile on my face today, and took me back to when our family lived in Minnesota. The poem and the pictures are so moving, and made me pause and reflect upon the beauty of all the I have to be grateful for, and what the Lord has given to me.

    Thank you.

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