poet Robert Frost

Robert Frost

#3 on top 500 poets

Leaves Compared With Flowers

A tree's leaves may be ever so good,
So may its bar, so may its wood;
But unless you put the right thing to its root
It never will show much flower or fruit.

But I may be one who does not care
Ever to have tree bloom or bear.
Leaves for smooth and bark for rough,
Leaves and bark may be tree enough.

Some giant trees have bloom so small
They might as well have none at all.
Late in life I have come on fern.
Now lichens are due to have their turn.

I bade men tell me which in brief,
Which is fairer, flower or leaf.
They did not have the wit to say,
Leaves by night and flowers by day.

Leaves and bar, leaves and bark,
To lean against and hear in the dark.
Petals I may have once pursued.
Leaves are all my darker mood.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Add this poem to MyPoemList
3,1 out of 5
54 total ratings
rate this poem

Comments about Leaves Compared With Flowers by Robert Frost

  • Keille (3/19/2018 8:27:00 AM)

    What is the Poetic Foot of this poem?

    Report Reply
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (7/13/2014 2:22:00 AM)

    leaves compared with flowers, this is very creative idea for a poem.well done

    Report Reply
    2 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • * Sunprincess * (10/28/2012 8:43:00 AM)

    wow..i love the leaves in the month of october..
    the many different colours is so magical and
    a joy to behold..fabulous.. :)

    Report Reply
    6 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Billy Davey (4/28/2012 10:40:00 PM)

    There is a typo on line 17 (last stanza) : Bar should be bark.

    Report Reply
    7 person liked.
    6 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: flower, tree, dark, night, life