Joyce Kilmer 1886-1918
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.
A New Video! Summer 2022
I've loved this classic American poem by Joyce Kilmer since my childhood. He wrote it in 1913. During Covid I had more time to let my muse wander and I came across the poem and thought it could become a song. I wrote the melody to his words and repeated the first verse as if it was a chorus. I recorded it live at my grand piano using the app "Garage Band." A dear friend who is also a songwriter and recording artist named "Earth Mama" suggested that I create a video using tree photos to illustrate the lyrics. It's quite simple and raw, but I thought it was good enough to share with all of you who love Trees by Joyce Kilmer.
The audio version is available as a FREE download.
"Climate Change." Released July 8th, 2021 with powerful images. Please share it with anyone you'd like to! I'm really wanting to get the message out there to as many people as I can! The audio version is also available for FREE on my Downloads page.
Performing with the fabulous Ellensburg Big Band at a Swing Out in Ellensburg, WA in Feb. 2017!
Video produced by Ms. Skyler Smith, also of Ellensburg, WA.
Photographers Ken and Jan Surbrook took these gorgeous pictures of Oregon, made them into a slide show and added my song in the background! Enjoy!