Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

Trees - Poem 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.


Comments about Trees by Joyce Kilmer

  • Freshman - 979 Points Ayman Parray (5/21/2015 6:27:00 AM)

    Best poem ever, love it. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 16,656 Points Sandra Feldman (2/6/2015 5:14:00 PM)

    For me this is the perfect poem, every single word is perfect in meaning, rhyme and musicality.
    I cry each time I read it because my mother was the first to read it to me and because of its unmeasurable beauty. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,652 Points John Richter (2/6/2015 11:32:00 AM)

    Wonderful, quite romantic poetry! I like this one very much. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,170 Points Toby Moses (12/12/2014 12:39:00 PM)

    Ain't I a fool reading this one? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (12/12/2014 10:38:00 AM)

    Tree the real offspring of earth and it is a poem - A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; Love the most lovely (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 28,899 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/12/2014 7:56:00 AM)

    Of all the poems about the tree I think this is much impressive and better observing the importance of tree in a different side views. A trees hungry mouth is prest..... and........Against the earth's sweet flowing breast... wonderful imagination and to be appreciated in that spirit of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 439 Points Willian Menuci (12/12/2014 5:40:00 AM)

    Just love it.
    But I must say, yes, perhaps God can make a tree, but only us, humans, can make love.
    You can't find love on nature, you can find anything else, just as sympathy, hope and peace, but love, love is a human's thing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,979 Points Rajnish Manga (12/12/2014 4:12:00 AM)

    This personification of a tree has been done remarkably well. You have rightly said that the tree is created by God and hence it is above all man made things. I like the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 728 Points Michael Hagwood (12/11/2014 6:48:00 PM)

    Its a nice poem, I don't think your being foolish by posting a poem;

    if I had felt foolish I would have just read The Raven (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,266 Points Walterrean Salley (9/18/2014 5:08:00 AM)

    How I love this poem. Quoting it as I'm typing this comment. Kilmer finds a tree to be such a magnificent part of creation, while duly placing the credit where it belongs. To God. Thank you Mr. Kilmer for this beautiful gem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,912 Points Gajanan Mishra (9/18/2014 4:51:00 AM)

    poems and tree, wonderful - life givers. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,297 Points * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 9:22:00 PM)

    .........this is real poetry....this poem has always been my favourite ever since I was a small girl......trees are very special..... in order to save the planet.....we need to save our trees... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,389 Points Herbert Guitang (4/26/2014 4:43:00 AM)

    Poem like a tree. Love of nature. Very pure idea. Perfect 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 154 Points Valentin Savin (3/23/2014 9:23:00 AM)

    I never mind what is said here about methaphors, meter, rhymes. But I find the poem interesting and to my loving and I'll try to translate it into Russian. More so, that this poem has not been translated into any other language yet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 213 Points Didith Marcelo (3/20/2014 4:26:00 PM)

    I like this poem, very beautiful. What a success writing this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sixtus Osim (12/12/2013 6:57:00 PM)

    This poem is beautiful. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,742 Points Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 1:17:00 AM)

    the poem is notable for its use of personification and anthropomorphic imagery: the tree of the poem, which Kilmer depicts as female, is depicted as pressing its mouth to the Earth's breast, looking at God, and raising its leafy arms to pray. The tree of the poem also has human physical attributes—it has a hungry mouth, arms, hair (in which robins nest) , and a bosom. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jeri Yarbrpugh (9/23/2013 9:56:00 PM)

    Awesome:

    A tree that‘s in God’s light all day
    Whose arms are ever raised to pray (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ron Jakubiec (5/21/2013 7:59:00 AM)

    Thank you Joyce for this Poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carol G. (3/20/2013 6:47:00 PM)

    Sorry Tony K. but Joyce Kilmer is not a she! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 24, 2014


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