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.

When I was little I thought the last line said; “Nothing green can stay.” It made so much more sense that way, growing up with New England autumns. I heard many poems and hymns before I happened to read them and got a lot of lyrics wrong – either through an error on the part of the speaker or being half asleep myself, in a warm corner, after dinner.  There was Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear (a classic) but also The Bomb in Gilead. We wondered  why the Gilites were not more panicked by this. on the other hand, I take full responsibility for singing about “birds bursting in air” midway through the Star Spangled Banner. I had obviously been daydreaming when my first grade class learned the words. The Folk Process at Work, as U. Utah Phillips used to say.

But this post was going to be about lettuce. The raised bed by the house is always the first to be planted, thawed by the spring sun and the last to freeze come winter. We’ve had lettuce and Bulls Blood Beet Greens since April and I’m going to miss them next week, when the nighttime temperatures dip into the 20’s and stay there.

bulls blood beet

lettuce and beets

Nothing green can stay.

3 thoughts on “Nature’s first green is gold

  1. Oh Amy. This is the sweetest entry yet. So, in addition to being an artist, an extrodinary cook and gardener, you’ve now become a writer.

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