Monday, June 30, 2008

Dawn Turns to Day, and Nothing Gold Can Stay


Poetry here by Robert Frost, and "Nothing Gold Can Stay" presented in an early, pre-publication form.


My uncle Van passed away this weekend. He was a fun guy, had a good sense of humor [and red hair - can ya see we're related?] Sylvan Earl Wallace. Van was born in Alva, Oklahoma, on June 6th of 1932; the family was from Wichita but during the Great Depression had gone down to OK to farm. He hated being referred to as "Sylvan"; much preferring "Van".
Van was a big Arkansas Razorback fan, having settled in Bentonville, Arkansas [yes, he worked for Wal-Mart and met Sam Walton, whom he always referred to as "Mr. Sam"]. Being an alumnus and huge fan of the Florida Gators, I always gave Unk a lot of guff [like sending him postcards from Florida Field :-)]; naturally, he felt the same about his team.
I'll miss Uncle Van, and my condolences go out to my dear Auntie Rene [Florene, but she prefers the shortened version just as her husband preferred with his own name] and the family.
Here's some words from Robert Frost which I find apropos:
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
In autumn she achieves
A still more golden blaze
But nothing golden stays.


6 comments:

mellie said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, sweet pea. Hope everything is good for your fourth. (I'm working, celebrating the American work ethic...at least that's what I'm telling myself.)

In other news, it was sooo sweet of DJ to be so obliging to me with that throw to first. :P Lester is, without a doubt, this year's ace. His numbers aren't gaudy, which sucks, because that'll be no Cy. And he should have one. He really should- he's just one of the best pitchers in the majors this season.

Happy Fourth!

Charles L. Wallace said...

:-) Happy Independence Day, mon cherie!! Thank you for the kind words.

Good day today - enjoyed hot dogs while watching the contest from Coney Island, trying to get mlb dot tv to work so I can watch our series :-)

Welcome back!

Melanie said...

my gmail is attached to my name now, hooray!

good to hear. I think I'm going to end up going home and playing world of warcraft for what's left of the weekend.

Charles L. Wallace said...

Cher, your name may be linked, but when I click it, it says restricted profile or something such.

Are ye enjoying the weekend?
Alex, 536! Ties The Mick....

mellie said...

I'll email it.

Charles L. Wallace said...

Cool!