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

  • (8/9/2018 9:30:00 AM)


    Learned this poem in grade school and now at 78 yrs old I have a 7 inch coastal red wood growing on my balcony to be planted in Monterey California when it's bigger with it's family and dedicated to my Great Grandson MAY THET BOTH GROW STRONG AND STRAIGHT. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/2/2018 8:52:00 AM)


    very inspiring. Msc in Horticulture I am planting lot of fruit trees. I always remember the last two verses of his poem. poems are made by fools like me but only god can make a tree (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2018 1:21:00 PM)


    So beautiful is this pome (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2018 3:45:00 AM)


    I like this poem its so amazing (Report) Reply

  • (7/30/2018 3:06:00 PM)


    It lives and is timeless. (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 9:04:00 AM)


    Please marathi translate poem (Report) Reply

  • (7/6/2018 2:29:00 PM)


    Frankly, I find it a bit nauseating. One can see why it is so widely satirized. (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2018 7:09:00 PM)


    kakabisaduhin namin yan haha (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2018 7:38:00 AM)


    I like it its so interesting (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2018 1:24:00 PM)


    I was a young child about 10 years old, when I heard this poem in a song, It was so beautiful I've never forgotten it.
    I am now almost 87 yrs. old and the poem is still beautiful.
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2018 4:40:00 PM)


    My husband added this this stanza before the last one....In autumn shouts with all its might, and praises God with colors bright. (Report) Reply

    (5/15/2018 4:45:00 AM)

    I like his stanza!

  • (4/6/2018 9:31:00 PM)


    Trees are awesome in the TRUE, original meaning of the word. This poem captures that awe perfectly. (Report) Reply

    (5/15/2018 4:44:00 AM)

    Perfect comment Zephy

  • (4/4/2018 2:45:00 PM)


    Loved it from the first time I read it! (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2018 11:12:00 AM)


    truly beautiful, can not beliveve this poem was in a superman film! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2018 3:04:00 PM)


    I remember this poem from my early school days. Telling it to mr great grandson (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2018 10:41:00 AM)


    I learned this poem on elementary school. I still remember it..I am now 80 years old.. (Report) Reply

  • (2/17/2018 12:58:00 AM)


    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 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 can make a tree.
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2018 7:24:00 AM)


    Lovely poem. Read sometime in the childhood. But quite attractive to read even today. Wonderful:
    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2018 1:51:00 PM)


    Add a comment.great poem,i like it,only God can make a tree... (Report) Reply

  • (12/23/2017 11:47:00 PM)


    My son (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 24, 2014


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