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

  • (11/14/2018 10:12:00 AM)


    Relearning this poem from my youth😊 (Report) Reply

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  • (11/12/2018 9:12:00 PM)


    The poem is big not (Report) Reply

  • Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/7/2018 6:33:00 PM)


    Trees are our life......life can't exists without trees...... (Report) Reply

  • Solomon Senxer (10/20/2018 2:46:00 PM)


    This poem is short. simple and sweet.
    I memorized when I was 12 and remember still today.
    I really like the last two lines.
    Indeed its greatness, only a great poet can help us see!
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2018 8:34:00 PM)


    However no poems can be written without gods grace (Report) Reply

  • (9/20/2018 6:06:00 PM)


    Had to memorize this when I was in grade 5 or 6 Still can recite it.Will be 80 years old in November To bad the children today do not learn to memorize Also memorized all the multiplication time tables Sad to see the children today do not know them thus have difficulty with their math (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2018 4:17:00 AM)


    Was recently reintroduced to this BEAUTIFUL PASSIONATE poem, when it was slightly modified for the locals protesting the murder of a 60 yo tree with an eagles' nest in it, for a land developer! (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2018 8:20:00 AM)


    What is theTitle of story (Report) Reply

    (9/12/2018 11:05:00 AM)

    good poem 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

  • (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

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Read this poem in other languages


1. Bäume ( de ) 12/21/2014
2. Des Arbres ( fr ) 9/5/2018
3. Los Árboles ( es ) 9/7/2018

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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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