Friday, June 12, 2009

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I remember learning this poem at school when still very young. It was one of my favorites. My photo of this beautiful tree was taken at Big Meadows.


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

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
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 blossom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

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

Joyce Kilmer


  1. Just dropped by to say the fish and chips were great we had them in the car watching the boats in the channel and a stunt plane practising for this weekends airshow XXX Don

  2. Perfect Denise. I don't think I've ever read that all the way through! Thank you. And that photo is lovely and should be framed really BIG!!!

  3. Nice photo and poem. Excellent post.

  4. Lovely tree and poem. When I was in highschool we sang this poem in choir. I've always loved it.

  5. Gosh..I'm sure I've heard this one before..thanks for posting such a lovely -worthy poem with your little tree- Just beautiful and inspiring Denise!

  6. I love trees so very much - lost all in the hurricane but the one that remains covers my entire back yard. I love it so..sandy

  7. Your photo looks like a beautiful painting. And such an appropritate paring.

  8. It's a very beautiful poem.
    I checked all your posts i missed lately. I enjoyed every one of them. Especially the national museum. I love museums.
    All the time i wasn't bloging, i often looked at your cards and your present and i was taking strength. You are an example of strength for me. My dear friend!

  9. It is one of those poems where the fragments remain in your mind; you hear it again and say ah hah. Lovely.

  10. The solitary tree is beautiful! As is all of Big Meadows, and SNP for that matter. My favorite place.

  11. Denise: I also remember the wonders of that poem and also the wonders of a tree, especially one you have planted.

  12. Love both the Big Meadows and poem.

  13. I sure do like this poem, it is so beautiful. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  14. Don, I'm jealous! xxx Denise

    Eve, you're very welcome and thank you.

    Regina, thank you too.

    Faye, I would have loved to have heard you all sing.

    Regina, I'm so glad you liked them.

    Sandy, I'm sorry to hear that but am so glad you still have one. It sounds like a beautiful tree.

    Lanny, thank you.

    Antigoni, I am very happy to hear from you. Your kind words touch me, and your gift at a very sad time in my life, gave me more than I can ever put into words. Thank you my friend. You are all in my prayers.

    Florida Sue, I know what you mean.

    Helen, I agree, it's my favorite place also.

    Fishing Guy, I feel the same way and thank you.

    Tabib, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments.

  15. Hi Margaret, thank you, you have a great weekend also.

  16. I was in choir in Jr. High and we actually sang this to music. I can still remember the tune. :)
    Every once in awhile a lovely tree brings it to mind.
    Thanks for some memories.

  17. I really do miss big trees here in Hawaii. Very, very few people in my neighborhood have large trees. It's too difficult to maintain. Sad.

  18. Great little poem and beaut pic. I love your new header pic too.

  19. I've always loved that poem and remember when I had to memorize it in school. I was glad to see it, because I had forgotten a couple of the verses. I think about it whenever I stand in my yard looking up at my big oak tree.