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.

Topic(s) of this poem: trees

Comments about Trees by Joyce Kilmer

  • Freshman - 787 Points John S (11/9/2015 6:48:00 PM)

    It's amazing a poem this simlpistic and almost childish and mawkish could still be so beautiful. I still love this poem. The personification is amazing. The tree is a baby suckling, a being raising his arms in prayer, wears a nest of robins in her hair etc. Marvelous! Kilmer's imagination is lively, vivacious, and delightful. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Cooper (10/31/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    No one doubts that within the little acorn is a mighty oak growing according to divine plan. Joyce Kilmer was born in a time when you could allow your mind the freedom to dance with nature. When the fragrance of the tree could heal your very soul, when the rustling of the leave could turn into a mystical melody. A sweet poem, yes! Gone forever. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 453 Points Jane Elliston (9/26/2015 10:02:00 AM)

    I think that I wall never see a poem as lovely as a tree speaks volumes of the beauty Joyce finds in tree; me too. This definitely a poem I will read again. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 453 Points Jane Elliston (9/26/2015 9:59:00 AM)

    I think I shall never see a poem as lovely at a tree speaks volumes of the beauhty the author finds in trees; me too. This is definitely one I would read again (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,758 Points Shankaran Kutty (9/15/2015 11:41:00 AM)

    Very sweet poem.. very rhythmic, musical and yet very profound in its message. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,766 Points Ayman Parray (5/21/2015 6:27:00 AM)

    Best poem ever, love it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,928 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

  • Gold Star - 5,614 Points John Richter (2/6/2015 11:32:00 AM)

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,508 Points Toby Moses (12/12/2014 12:39:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 39,822 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 - 45,481 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

  • Freshman - 526 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 - 38,573 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,084 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

  • Gold Star - 5,215 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 - 70,859 Points Gajanan Mishra (9/18/2014 4:51:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 37,008 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

  • Gold Star - 8,689 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 - 288 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 - 302 Points Didith Marcelo (3/20/2014 4:26:00 PM)

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

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Read poems about / on: tree, poem, snow, summer, rain, hair, god

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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