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However little I may be
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l2.c4.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: July 28, 2004 07:06PM

Author: Rev. Thomas Swantner, ret. (client-216-176-89-124.consolidated.net)
Date: 07-28-04 12:15

Looking for a poem whose first lines begins--

"However little I may be,
At least I too, can plant a tree."--------

Thanks, and blessings


Re: However little I may be
Posted by: Henry (213.78.98.---)
Date: July 29, 2004 06:21PM


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.

Joyce Kilmer 1886–1918

Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), the noted American poet killed in action during World War I, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on 6 December 1886.

This has generated a great number of parodies, including;

Song of the Open Road

I think that I shall never see
a billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.

Ogden Nash 1902 - 1971

Song in the Worst Possible Taste
by Dorothy Parker
for a certain Mr. S., who got too personal

I shall not see — and don’t I know ’em?
A critic as lovely as a poem.

Your two lines may be inspired by the same poem.

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