Y is for Youth

In the news and in the country we hear and see young people losing their lives before it is their time. If it isn’t police killing our young boys it’s our young people killing themselves. I must specify that there is no such thing as black on black crime. Crime is crime. I have never heard anyone say white on white crime. Craziness.

We are losing babies by police deadly force, drugs, mentally ill without medications shooting up schools. A bullet or a knife knows no color.

The deaths of our youth has made me think of a poem of by Robert Frost.

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.

This poem by Robert Frost, is one of my favorite poems of all time. I have read it so many times and wasn’t until i was an adult that I could fully grasp th concepts in this poem and what i could pull out from the brain of the genius poet.

Nature’s first green is gold.

Her hardest hue to hold.

I think he meant that we are born innocent pure and golden. Gold is a precious commodity and so are our children and so we were at one points in our lives. It s the hardest to hold onto. Youth and innocence is hard to hold onto and as parents we know that to be true as look at our beautiful children everyday.

Her early leaf’s a flower.

But only so an hour.

We bloom from this bud into a beautiful flower of childhood where we breathe in more than just innocence. We enjoy the joy of youth and life. Yet the closer we get to adulthood, the petals on those flowers began to fade and petals begin to fall.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

Leaf subsides to leaf. Dust to Dust. we all eventually get old and die.

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Black lives matter

Innocence does not last. As youth fades away, adults problems and stress clouds our minds and we start to worry about bills and a roof over our head. When dawn goes down to day. Youth will not last so while we have our young children with us. We have to teach them and put them on the path they need to go. We know that childhood is not going to last.

Our youth are our future. We must teach them and protect them. We must not turn our backs on them.  If can’t just ignore those children that do not have the same starts in life as our children do. We must give our time and effort to make sure that when we leave this world we leave it in capable hands.

The recent incidences are a test to our devotion to creating a better world. If we let these injustices go without protest with a resolution we are getting out off to a bad start. We are letting our youth down.

Nothing Gold Can Stay.

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One thought on “Y is for Youth

  1. Love this, Donnee, especially your interpretation of the poem. Remember this poem was in S.E. Hinton’s YA novel, The Outsiders?
    Thanks for giving us this thoughtful post. xoA

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