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

  • (6/6/2018 7:38:00 AM)


    I like it its so interesting (Report) Reply

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  • (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

  • (12/12/2017 11:06:00 AM)


    this poem is cool, yo (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2017 7:28:00 AM)


    The poem was written by Alfred Joyce Kilmer. He died at the age of 28 in a battle in World War I. (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2017 9:37:00 PM)


    my submit is my tees (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2017 3:11:00 PM)


    Can please tell me the date Trees was written/published? Thank you! (Report) Reply

    (12/6/2017 7:21:00 AM)

    1914 - The year it was published in a book called Trees and Other Poems

  • (11/23/2017 5:53:00 AM)


    Oh Im memorizing it in 2017 (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2017 6:27:00 PM)


    Oh my goodness I learned this poem when I was a child and I still remember it. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2017 4:47:00 AM)


    Add a comment. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2017 5:58:00 PM)


    Trews or trees (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 24, 2014


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