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


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  • JOHN F MORRICK JOSTDSBCGLOBAL.NET (7/19/2020 11:47:00 AM)

    the poem got me a a+ in english. my one an only, , , thanks to my english teacher ETHEL RICH, MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.(Report)Reply

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  • Richard Grace (10/9/2019 10:42:00 AM)

    Preplanning for the inevitable, I just installed my gravestone on my cemetery pot.. Because of this poem, I placed my name face up toward the sky. When I tell critics that I would rather face God all day than the street, they are taken back.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (8/16/2019 4:07:00 PM)

    Still brilliant it never fades never dies. Evoking nature and creation. Such purity in a simple, eloquent poem.Love it.(Report)Reply

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  • Spock The VeganSpock The Vegan (8/15/2019 11:47:00 PM)

    An old favorite from my youth.(Report)Reply

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  • Michele Marie (8/15/2019 1:38:00 PM)

    Always one of my favorites.(Report)Reply

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  • Pat Horvath (8/9/2019 9:36:00 AM)

    I was sitting on the porch of my sons home in Tennessee. His home is surrounded by beautiful trees and this poem came to mind. It is elegant in its simplicity yet so beautiful and thought provoking. I grew up with parents who loved nature and I too enjoy a walk in the woods listening to the quiet sounds of nature. This lovely little poem eloquently summarizes the beauty of nature.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammad Younus (7/22/2019 6:22:00 AM)

    Beautiful, truly God is the best of creators.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/1/2019 12:53:00 AM)

    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;


    greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Binit saha (5/25/2019 9:47:00 PM)

    Nice and innovative poem(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/5/2019 1:02:00 PM)

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; very good poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Krishnapada Panda (4/25/2019 3:05:00 AM)

    Excellent.(Report)Reply

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  • Emmanuel Arunee MwanzaEmmanuel Arunee Mwanza (1/8/2019 9:19:00 AM)

    Awesome piece! ! ! Poems are written by a fool like me but only God can make a tree....deep!(Report)Reply

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  • B. JACOBS (11/14/2018 10:12:00 AM)

    Relearning this poem from my youth😊(Report)Reply

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  • Hash negi (11/12/2018 9:12:00 PM)

    The poem is big not(Report)Reply

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

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

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  • Solomon SenxerSolomon 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

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  • Mani pm (9/22/2018 8:34:00 PM)

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

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  • Charlotte Macfarlane (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

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  • Iadora (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

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  • Meena (8/20/2018 8:20:00 AM)

    What is theTitle of story(Report)Reply

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

    good poem joyce kilmer

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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 24, 2014