Nothing Gold Can Stay

"Ponyboy, would you like to read out your essay?"

A couple of socs were staring at me, most were Bob's friends. I tried to look a little tougher but the fact was I was trembling. Ever since Johnny killed Bob, there was a war between the greasers and the socs. I took Two- bit's advice and started carrying a switchblade around.

I looked at the teacher and stood up, holding out my essay in front of me.

"I titled my essay 'Nothing Gold Can Stay.'" I started, ignoring the eerie stares from the socs. The teacher nodded.

"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."

I looked up and took a long breath.

"Johnny Cade was my best friend. You could say he was the gold in my life. Even though he never stayed long, he was still something important to me and my... other friends. Through his life, I learned some real important stuff."

"Johnny died saving a kid, and I would never forget his courage that day. He had gone into a church building and pulled some kids out, in the end, he had hurt his back real bad. He passed out in the hospital and died there."

"Johnny wasn't always heroic. He had killed a boy once and ran away from that mistake. He was scared at then and wanted to turn himself in. But, before he had the chance to, he had slipped away from the world."

"Johnny was a boy I would never forget. He had always been like another brother to me, and losing him was a mighty blow to me. He wrote me a note, before he died, about how the beautiful things of the world would never last, like gold. It would never stay. Because nothing gold can stay."

(A/N: I am so sorry if this sucks. But could someone please review for my sake? please?)