Alfred Joyce Kilmer - poem "Trees" 1914

Occasionally I might post a picture on this blog that is not directly related to any famous person or place yet I think fits the subject matter just as well. I lucked into this photo last summer while on a weekend hike at Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County, Kentucky.
trees and lake reflection

Where could a better opportunity be found to link to Alfred Joyce Kilmer's poem "Trees"?  visit this wiki link to learn more about Kilmer's life Better known as Joyce Kilmer, he wrote this poem in 1914. Kilmer was killed in France during WWI in 1918 at the age of 31.

The text stated below is the original written by 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.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb
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