nature’s first green is gold

This belongs to Heather Rowland.

I took the lines from a Robert Frost poem which I first read in the book “The Outsiders”. This is my favorite poem and book. I was in the grocery store the other day, when a woman behind me said ”Oh, that’s beautiful”. We talked about the book, “The Outsiders” which we agreed was a rite of passage for young girls in the late 70’s. She told me about your website.

Literary Tattoos: The Outsiders S. E. Hinton Robert Frost 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.

- Robert Frost

Stay Gold

Literary Tattoos: The Outsiders S. E. Hinton Robert Frost Nothing Gold Can Stay

This is Emma’s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: The Outsiders S. E. Hinton Robert Frost Nothing Gold Can Stay

This is Julia’s.

For me it’s a reminder to stay true to myself, to not get too jaded, and to cherish innocence and remember that it can live inside us simultaneously with wisdom.

Literary Tattoos: The Outsiders S. E. Hinton Robert Frost Nothing Gold Can Stay

This belongs to Season R. Gomez.

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. 

- Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”

― S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders