Tree poetry – 100 years ago today

Exactly one hundred years ago today, on 2nd February 1913, Joyce Kilmer, US poet, penned her famous poem:

.
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.
.
(and god bless you, Joyce Kilmer)
In 1951 Ogen Nash – in his “Song of the Open Road” – came  up with the famous parody:
.
I think that I shall never see/
A billboard lovely as a tree./
Indeed, unless the billboards fall,/
I’ll never see a tree at all.
.
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