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Trees

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.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Monday, April 29, 2013


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  • 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.

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  • Didith Marcelo (3/20/2014 4:26:00 PM)

    I like this poem, very beautiful. What a success writing this poem.

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

    This poem is beautiful. I like it.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    Thank you Joyce for this Poem.

  • Carol G. (3/20/2013 6:47:00 PM)

    Sorry Tony K. but Joyce Kilmer is not a she!

  • Rashida C M (1/20/2013 7:20:00 AM)

    Kilmer's writing style is so simple and it make me more nature friendly

  • Tony Karas (12/12/2012 9:55:00 PM)

    Sublimely beautiful and so simple... real elegance with words. No wonder she's a master!

  • Poet Dragon (12/12/2012 9:18:00 PM)

    Superlative. Sometimes they do apply.

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