Trees by Joyce Kilmer

We see a simple poem today by the poet Joyce Kilmer. “Joyce Kilmer (born as Alfred Joyce Kilmer; 6 December 1886 – 30 July 1918) was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled “Trees” (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914. Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. While most of his works are largely unknown, a select few of his poems remain popular and are published frequently in anthologies.”

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Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

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Though I must admit Joyce is a bit too harsh on poets, the way he brings out the wonder and beauty of trees is simply admirable. If all of us took some time to actually think about how this world would be without trees, hopefully we would start to take more efforts to conserve our green cover.

Yes, God makes trees but I’d say God also makes the ‘fools’ who write poems 🙂

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