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

  • (10/15/2017 10:14:00 AM)

    Trees have a great importance to the world and humanity alike. Trees are always friendly to the nature and tree itself makes the world more beautiful. great poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Jeanette Telusma (8/12/2017 10:30:00 PM)

    - - -I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree- - - A creative mind, Joyce Kilmer. This is a well structured and beautiful poem.
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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/9/2017 4:50:00 AM)

    I never grow bored reading this poem.... Fantastic last-couplet. (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2017 7:21:00 AM)

    Joyce Kilmer wrote with rhythm and audacity. This one poem is remembered by scholars and school children. It does speak to our inner self. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/2/2017 10:37:00 AM)

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    I agree. trees look beautiful all year round so surely we should stop chopping them down. (Report) Reply

  • Shareq Rahman (11/19/2016 8:45:00 AM)

    Ode to a tree. (Brikkha Bandana)
    Translation from Rabindranaths Poem.

    On land and under water, it was once meaningless,
    seasons were meaningless -
    the first music was the rustling of your branches,
    it was also the awareness of the breeze,
    The energy from the suns rays produced the
    beauty of the branches on the dead earth.
    Apsaras blinked and thundered in the clouds to
    turn the moisture into a dance of rain.
    You drank the elixir of rain and made leaves
    and flowers to make the evergreen picture of earth.
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  • (8/17/2016 11:07:00 PM)

    I never ever grow tired of reading this timeless poem. Nature, in all its beauty and chaos, in all its serenity and fury, is poetry personified on infinite levels. It is a paradox that, while the poet — the brilliant and tragic Joyce Kilmer — "defers" to the greatness of nature and its creator, God, it is indeed the poet iand the poem that are of the same nature and guided by the same creator. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/6/2016 12:09:00 AM)

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.
    A great poem by Joyce Kilmer! Most enjoyable and refreshing!
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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/4/2016 8:59:00 AM)

    I love trees.. 'tis a lovely poem... (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2016 5:39:00 PM)

    the celestial intellect of the poet caught me off guard on this one (Report) Reply

  • John S (11/9/2015 6:48:00 PM)

    It's amazing a poem this simlpistic and almost childish and mawkish could still be so beautiful. I still love this poem. The personification is amazing. The tree is a baby suckling, a being raising his arms in prayer, wears a nest of robins in her hair etc. Marvelous! Kilmer's imagination is lively, vivacious, and delightful. (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    No one doubts that within the little acorn is a mighty oak growing according to divine plan. Joyce Kilmer was born in a time when you could allow your mind the freedom to dance with nature. When the fragrance of the tree could heal your very soul, when the rustling of the leave could turn into a mystical melody. A sweet poem, yes! Gone forever. (Report) Reply

  • (9/26/2015 10:02:00 AM)

    I think that I wall never see a poem as lovely as a tree speaks volumes of the beauty Joyce finds in tree; me too. This definitely a poem I will read again. (Report) Reply

  • (9/26/2015 9:59:00 AM)

    I think I shall never see a poem as lovely at a tree speaks volumes of the beauhty the author finds in trees; me too. This is definitely one I would read again (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2015 11:41:00 AM)

    Very sweet poem.. very rhythmic, musical and yet very profound in its message. (Report) Reply

  • Ayman Parray (5/21/2015 6:27:00 AM)

    Best poem ever, love it. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2015 5:14:00 PM)

    For me this is the perfect poem, every single word is perfect in meaning, rhyme and musicality.
    I cry each time I read it because my mother was the first to read it to me and because of its unmeasurable beauty.
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  • (2/6/2015 11:32:00 AM)

    Wonderful, quite romantic poetry! I like this one very much. (Report) Reply

  • Oluwatobi Moses (12/12/2014 12:39:00 PM)

    Ain't I a fool reading this one? (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (12/12/2014 10:38:00 AM)

    Tree the real offspring of earth and it is a poem - A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; Love the most lovely (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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