ALFRED JOYCE KILMER, (1886 –1918), was an American writer and poet, mainly remembered for a short poem titled “Trees” (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems, in 1914.
Though a prolific poet, whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world, as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor….
Here is his brief, pithy, precise, but laconic and profound, beautiful poem…
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……..!