MemorialDay 2014

My Memorial Day salute is dedicated to Joyce Kilmer. He was an American writer and poet best known for a short poem titled “Trees” written in 1913. He enlisted in the New York National Guard and was deployed to France with the 69th Infantry Regiment (the famous “Fighting 69th”) in 1917. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet at the Second Battle of the Marne in 1918 at the age of 31. This message is for him and all the other people who gave their all for their country.



I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s 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.






Photos are the woods and trees that surround three sides of my home built in 1913.

The year TREES was published.


About Robert Edler

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Posted on May 26, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I don’t believe I ever knew how he died. Thank you for this post.

    • Since he was the sole Roman Catholic poet of note from the 20th century, the nuns made us memorize his poem when we were in penguin school. Also, not many people think about a poet being a warrior.

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