Trees

by JOYCE KILMER (1886-1918)

featuring voice artist Fred Bugg as “Jimmy Stewart”

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 written by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Many people remember the last two lines of TREES as "Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree". That version is from the song that was so popular from the 1940s to the early 1960s that it was made a part of the music curriculum in many schools. Here is Paul Robeson singing “Trees”:

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