Monday, April 12, 2010

Now that they are all about to burst forth – don’t you just love trees?


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.

Poem by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
Music written in 1922 by Oscar Rasbash


Kim Ayres said...

Still a bit to go before the trees blossom here :)

Scarlet Blue said...

Nearly there!
Some gorgeous pics Pat, of things to come.

kenju said...

Our flowering trees have all been magnificent this spring, and now, after 4-5 days of temperatures in the 80's, all our trees have leafed out - seemingly overnight. I really LOVE this time of year!!

Pat said...

Kim: I may have been a bit previous but what's new?

Scarlet: can't wait:)

Judy: in the 80's? It seems not long since you had snow. I think you have more extremes in climate.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I always loved that Poem---and the song that followed, too....!
Because we have no real "seasons" here---Everything is looking green and healthy because of our Rains...Soon enough, it will all look dried out, before you know it.
I'm so happy you are enjoying the Spring my dear.

Eryl Shields said...

Now that they are about to burst forth – don't you just love trees?
Could be the best question I've ever been asked by an adult.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Poetry with a meaning, excellent stuff.

Pat said...

Naomi: in wartime when we had the concert parties it was a safe bet that someone would sing trees.

Eryl: I'm thrilled you consider me adult;)

Jimmy: glad you like it as a poet yourself.

Blazing said...

Very early stages of growth here, Pat, but agree with the sentiment entirely. The bare trees of the winter are a sad reminder.

Pat said...

Blazing: I'm ashamed to say I still have some autumn leaves in the garden.

mapstew said...

That song always reminds me of Guy Smiley in the Muppets. (Or was it Sesame Street?) :¬)


Maggie said...

I remember reciting that poem in the 1950's. I loved it them and now.

sablonneuse said...

Lovely poem and beautiful music.Still waiting for our trees to blossom though.

Pat said...

Mapstew: I get those two muddled also.

Maggie: I only ever heard it as a song but the words are imprinted in my head.

Sandy: The magnolias are full out now but our great big Ilex is dragging it's feet. Normally it has bright green buds by Easter.