Trees by Joyce Kilmer, An American Classic

I chose this from a small book of classic poetry to recite in third grade at Monticello Elementary in Huber Heights, Ohio in 1967 – my favorite poem.

Sgt. Joyce KilmerSource: Wikipedia Commons

Sgt. Joyce Kilmer
Source: Wikipedia Commons

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth’s 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.”

Sgt. Joyce Kilmer
Steve D.
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