Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)


  • ''Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.''
    Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), poet. Trees (l. 11-12). . . World's Best Loved Poems, The. James Gilchrist Lawson, comp. (1927) Harper & Row.
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  • ''I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.''
    Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), U.S. poet. Poetry (Chicago, Aug. 1913). Trees, Trees and Other Poems (1914). Ogden Nash wrote a riposte: "I think that I shall never see A billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps unless the billboards fall, I'll never see a tree at all." (Song of the Open Road in Happy Days, 1933).

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(For Amelia Josephine Burr)

The road is wide and the stars are out
and the breath of the night is sweet,
And this is the time when wanderlust should seize upon my feet.
But I'm glad to turn from the open road and the starlight on my face,
And to leave the splendour of out-of-doors for a human dwelling place.

I never have seen a vagabond who really liked to roam

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